Hot sauce has taken the world by storm, but the question remains: where are sriracha peppers grown? Is it possible to learn how to grow sriracha peppers? What exactly is in a bottle of Huy Fong sriracha hot sauce? Let’s find out.
Where are Sriracha Peppers Grown?
Sriracha Peppers: Homegrown Goodness
To our farmers Craig Underwood & Jim Roberts – Happy National Farmers’ Day! We tip our hats to you for your dedication, loyalty & integrity! pic.twitter.com/AGBLYvzzP8
— Underwood Ranches (@URanches) October 13, 2017
Where are these peppers grown? In Mexico (the home of jalapeno peppers)? In Fresno, California (the home of Fresno chilies, a cousin of jalapenos used in homemade recipes)? Close. The chilis used in the production of sriracha sauce are grown in Los Angeles County, by farmers Craig Underwood and Jim Roberts. You’ll be hard pressed to find out the exact specie of chilis they use for the sauce — it’s a breed they grow for, and sell exclusively to Huy Fong Foods, the company that produces the world-renowned sauce. It’s a partnership that has spanned decades: all built on trust, quality, and consistency.
What’s in a Bottle?
Aside from the hot chilis that measure up to 1,000 – 2,500 heat units on the Scoville range, a bottle of Sriracha sauce also contains:
- Distilled vinegar
- Potassium sorbate
- Sodium bisulfite
- Xanthan gum
The world-renowned hot sauce contains no artificial coloring. That’s why the sauce can sometimes look a bit brown, or a bit orange. It all depends on the season.
Fun Facts About Sriracha Hot Sauce
1. The sauce will get spicier
— Daisy Lin (@paradoxdaisy) May 28, 2017
David Tran is dedicated to making the sriracha recipe spicier, as you can hear in the youtube video in this article.
2. Sriracha is the name of a town in Thailand
The original recipe comes from Si Racha Province in Chonburi Province, Eastern Thailand. In Thailand, the sauce is a bit sweeter, and mainly used as a dipping sauce for seafood. In Vietnam, where David Tran comes from, it’s used for virtually anything.
3. The company has no marketing department
For a brand so popular, the company has never felt the need for a marketing team or an ad agency. Talk about word of mouth!
4. There is a Sriracha car
In 2016, Lexus made a Sriracha version of its Lexus IS sports sedan. The car’s paint is infused with Sriracha, the steering wheel is injected with sriracha — even the key fob has an emergency sriracha dispenser. Thinking about sporting the car? Sorry to burst your bubble but there’s only one in existence.
5. Sriracha is kosher
It was declared kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California.
6. There is a crowdfunded documentary about it
Griffin Hammond made a documentary about sriracha which has a 7.3 rating on IMDB. pic.twitter.com/ZxvUXHtnDT
— Funky Food Facts (@funkyfoodfacts) January 19, 2015
The documentary by Griffin Hammond is a homage to the beloved hot sauce. You can get a copy here.
7. David Tran won’t tell you where his products are being sold
— Brookings (@BrookingsInst) March 18, 2017
Although Sriracha gains popularity every day, Tran consistently sells to 10 distributors and promises that he will never hike the wholesale price of the good stuff.
David Tran is the father of the sauce that we all love. Watch him tell his story in this video by Hypebeast:
Sriracha sauce has a strong following all around the world mainly because of one thing: quality. It delivers exactly what it promises: a much-needed kick to every meal. Fan of Sriracha-infused dishes? Try Srirachastix!
Are you a fan of Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Sauce? What do you love about it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!