Edmund McIlhenny was given seeds of Capsicum frutescens peppers that came from Mexico or Central America, and he first planted them on Avery Island, Louisiana, over 140 years ago. He then aged the chillies and made them into a delicious medium-hot condiment, the 'Tabasco Sauce', that is a principal ingredient of the classic "Bloody Mary" cocktail.
The tabasco plant can grow to 60" tall, with a cream or light yellow flower that will develop into upward oriented fruits later in the growing season. The peppers start out green and as they ripen, turn orange and then red. It takes approximately 80 days after germinating for them to become fully mature.
30,000–50,000 medium to hot.