Tabasco - the so-called burning a little pepper, which is considered the birthplace of Mexico.
Externally, the plant Tabasco like usual for us red chili pepper, tabasco peppers but do not hang on the bush, and placed it vertically, and are very similar in appearance miniature bell peppers.
World famous for Tabasco pepper Sir Makalenni that almost 150 years ago invented the recipe for hot sauce on the basis of the pepper.
Use for cooking sauce ripened red peppers and tabasco unripe green. In green pepper flesh is firm, but at the ripe, it turns into a paste under the skin. From maturity peppers pungency depends sauce, so you can buy "green Tabasco" and "red Tabasco", they are significantly different from each other by their taste.
Tabasco pepper can be grown even at home - the size of the bush planted allow it in the usual pot for indoor ornamental plants. With proper care, but it is worth noting that Tabasco is unpretentious, the harvest can be expected in 3-4 months after planting seeds.
What attracts so Tabasco sauce gourmets around the world that contains so unusual in its composition?
How to cook and what to eat Tabasco sauce
The most amazing thing is that the basis of the unique flavor of Tabasco are only three simple ingredients. The structure consists of pulp Tabasco peppers, salt and white vinegar.
But not enough to mix all these components - mixed with salt, pepper wanders in wooden barrels for several years, after which the resulting mass add the vinegar.
Ideally, in the Tabasco includes salt extracted in the mines of the island Avery Island.
The original Tabasco sauce - is the one that is produced by Makalenni (McIlhenny). In order to maintain the reputation of their product experts carefully monitor the process of collecting materials. Importantly, peppers collected manually. Working, collectors, select only certain fruit ripeness. To avoid mistakes, they compare the color with the color of pepper plate sample, which they always have with them.
Tabasco sauce is valued for its intense aroma and pungent taste extraordinary. To help you understand how hot sauce, imagine that 0, 25 teaspoon Tabasco corresponds to half a teaspoon of black or white pepper.
Sauce can be refilled soups, main dishes, appetizers and salads. With Tabasco marinated fish and meat before frying in a pan or grilled.
Surely you've heard of alcoholic cocktail "Bloody Mary." We prepare it in a simple way - vodka mixed with salty tomato juice. But in fact, this cocktail recipe involves Tabasco sauce.
So, to prepare a real "Bloody Mary," you'll need: vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, salt and pepper, lemon juice. For cocktails only require a drop of Tabasco, vodka - 45 ml of tomato juice - 60 ml, 2-3 drops of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice 10 ml. Add pepper and salt to taste. To prepare the drink is not difficult - just mix all ingredients with crushed ice.
Serve the "Bloody Mary" made with celery.
Useful than Tabasco sauce?
The sauce contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, beta-carotene, fatty acids such useful substances: sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, calcium.
Eating regularly sauce can boost immunity, improve metabolism. It is possible that this is why the sauce is included in the diet of the UK and US troops.
Calorie sauce is small - only 12 calories per 100 grams, and given the fact that this product is eaten, because of its particular taste, spoons and drops, those who protects the figure, you can not be afraid of the consequences.
As the sauce is very spicy, it can not be there in inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases, diseases of the heart, particularly when tachycardia.
In addition, red pepper Tabasco is a strong allergen, so people prone to food allergies, you need to try the sauce with caution.