Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Tabasco sauce habitat 'under threat' from rising tide

Tabasco sauce as we know it could be slowly vanishing from our dinner tables as rising coastlines have a dramatic effect on its habitat.
Since 1868 the iconic red pepper sauce has been created on Avery Island in Louisiana - a hill of salt which is one of the highest points in the state.
But as 30 feet of coastline is eroded every year, the marshland which protects the island is under threat from salty brine which kills off vegetation.

It is feared that an almost inevitable rise in the sea level will harm the planting grounds for the chilli peppers and damage salt mines on the 2,200-acre island.

The coastal region of Louisiana is seeing land the size of a football pitch disappear under water every hour.

Tony Simmons, the seventh consecutive McIlhenny family member to lead the company, told the Guardian: "It does worry us, and we are working hard to minimise the land loss. We want to protect the marsh because the marsh protects us.

"I mean, we could make Tabasco somewhere else. But this is more than a business,​ this is our home."

A worker at the plantation on Avery Island
The chilli peppers used to make McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce

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