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The History of Peri-Peri

The History of Peri-Peri

Can you take the heat? For those who like to spice things up, it’s time to expand your horizons beyond Tabasco and Sriracha and learn about the history of Peri-Peri.

The History of Peri-Peri

History of Peri-Peri

“Peri-Peri” is a very hot sauce made with chilli peppers and, from a taste point of view, it brings plenty of fire, but also an earthiness and hint of sweetness.

The history of Peri-Peri is a controversial one, it is believed that it was created by Portuguese explorers in Mozambique in the 15th century who discovered the African bird’s eye chilli pepper and made a marinade with garlic, red wine vinegar, paprika, and other European ingredients. It then expanded to other Portuguese territories under the spelling of “piri-piri.” The name “peri-peri” is derived from Swahili. ‘Piri-piri’ means “pepper-pepper.” It has several iterations including ‘pili-pili’ and ‘peri-peri’ — but the amazing flavor is the same.

History of peri peri

Like all chilli peppers, Peri-Peri is descended from plants from the Americas, but it has grown in the wild in Africa for centuries and is now cultivated commercially in Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda. It grows mainly in Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Portugal. It is cultivated for both commercial food processing and the pharmaceutical industry. Peri-Peri is primarily used to treat schizophrenia, anxiety and mania.

Depending on the crop, these chilli’s can register up to 175,000 heat units on the Scoville scale.

history of peri peri

African Dream Foods Peri-Peri sauces aren’t quite that hot, but the unique flavor provides an exotic dining experience that mimics of the rich history of Peri-Peri.

Peri-Peri pairs quite well with chicken — particularly when you barbecue or roast it — as well as with barbecue shrimp. A popular South African snack is roasted cashews with Peri-Peri spice.

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