Tabasco Factory & Country Store


Edmund McIlhenny started growing hot peppers to produce his Tabasco hot pepper sauce on Avery Island in 1868. Though most of the hot peppers are now grown in Central America, the original plants for each year's harvest are still grown on Avery Island, producing seeds that are then sent elsewhere for growing. Once peppers are harvested, they are mixed with Avery Island salt and distilled vinegar before being left in white-oak barrels to age for up to three years. The purity of the crop is so important that the company even puts pepper seeds in a local bank vault each year to guard against potential crop disaster. Guided tours leave from the factory's Visitors Center, and feature a 20-minute video about the Tabasco-making process and hands-on exhibits showing the different stages of sauce production. The Jungle Gardens Tour runs daily 9 AM to 5 PM. The nearly 250-acre gardens feature azaleas, camellias and bamboo. You might even spot alligators, nutria, raccoons and black bears that live around the gardens. The Country Store, located just outside the Visitors Center, offers free samples and the chance to purchase different Tabasco products. Open daily 9 AM to 4 PM except major holidays.


Off LA 329 on Avery Island
Avery Island, LA 70513


29.91185000, -91.90317000
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(337) 365-8173

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