Return to Tabasco sauce (thing)

Edmund McIhenny, the creator of this fine and wonderful [condiment], fled [New Orleans] after the Union Army entered the city during the [Civil War]. He and his wife took refuge on Avery Island until Union forces captured the [salt mines] there owned by his wife's family. They then fled to Texas. When the returned after the war to their plantation, the only crop that remained was one of [capsicum peppers]. Determined to make money from the peppers, Edmund tried to make a hot sauce. The peppers were combined with vinegar, Avery Island salt and then aged in wooden barrels. In 1868, 350 bottles of Cajun Tobasco Sauce were produced. Voila.