A Peri Peri “chile” pepper, “chilli” pepper, or “chili” pepper is found throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique. Peri Peri pepper is also known as Bird’s Eye Pepper. In certain parts of Africa, its also known as “Pili-Pili” or “Piri-Piri”. These two names are used more often ‘north’ of the equator.
This pepper is both cultivated and grows in the wild. The exact origins are unknown, but some believe that this chili was taken from Africa to Europe by the Portuguese and then onward to South America. Others believe it happened in the reverse order.
However, one thing is for sure, since early European traders past the African coast they had experienced the heat of this little red devil. Looks can be deceiving. The ‘scoville’ heat index of this pepper is excess of 150,000! Making Peri Peri, the second hottest pepper known to man.
An early Portuguese explorer believed he had found the next white pepper. And took it back to Portugal and offered it to the king. Naturally, it ‘burnt’ in ways you can imagine. This is another story in the long saga of how this pepper and other chilies get around the world.
Another story is that birds are attracted to the Peri Peri peppers, consume them, and then deposit the seeds in different parts of the world – hence the word “Bird’s Eye Pepper”.
Zulu Zulu Peri Peri Sauce uses naturally grown, non–genetically modified, Peri Peri peppers with a combination of fresh, natural ingredients with no added preservatives, colorants or enhancers. We certainly do not add any MSG.