Monday, April 21, 2008
hot sauce review: "la india brava"
hot sauce review #1, first in a new coconino series. i'll be reviewing some of my favourite sauces occasionally, hot sauces being one of my favourite things. life without hot sauces and salsas would be truly bland! so here she is: "la india brava." "the brave/fierce indian woman." boy, the name says it all! this indian woman will kick your ass! made from almost 100% ground chiltepin peppers, this may be one of the greatest bang-for-your-buck sauces i've seen yet. i picked up a few bottles in caborca, sonora, mexico. and,i wish i would have picked up a few more! it says "producto authentico de la sierra sonorese" and i belive it. the chiltepine is believed to be the ancestor of all modern chilis and is native to northern most mexico and a few patches protected in a nature preserve in a secret location in southern arizona. it is a hot little ball, each an individual chili. i have a picture in my "back from mexico" post of bulk chiltepins. the chiltepin is waaayyyy beyond the heat range of most white people, and when i bought a big bag of them the gal at the store looked at me like i was nuts. ingredients are listed as: water, chilis, vinegar, salt, spices. the fruity flavor of the chiltepin, totally distinct from the habenero, really shines through a nuance of salt and a slight garlic/vinegar aftertaste. a product of navajoa, sonora, this is a great memento of northern mexico if you think you are tough enough to go mano a mana with la india....... rating: *****. steve.