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Mama Africa's Super Spicy Sauce

Taste of Harmons Podcast

Release Date: 08/20/2021

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Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba says the heat in her intensely spicy pili pili sauce “talks to you.” We believe this is true, and it has quite a story to tell. In the latest episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, she shares the story of how her family history—and the history of her people in the Congo—shaped the flavor of the family recipe that makes up Mama Africa’s Pili Pili sauce.

Pili pili is a popular condiment in the Congo and Ivory Coast regions of Africa. “Pili” means pepper and, legend has it, the sauce is so spicy you have to say pepper twice. Hot peppers, onions and garlic give this sauce deep and flavorful combination that packs extreme heat.

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You can find Mama Africa's Pili Pili Sauce at https://mamaafricahotsauce.squarespace.com

It’s unlike any hot sauce you’ve tasted: deep, flavorful—and spicy! Using her secret family recipe, Mama Africa cooks small batches using simple, organic ingredients. Mama Africa’s pili pili sauce is the perfect addition to your kitchen, and a great gift for that hot sauce lover in your life.

What is Pili Pili Sauce?

Pili pili is a popular condiment in the Congo and Ivory Coast regions of Africa. “Pili” means pepper and, legend has it, the sauce is so spicy you have to say pepper twice. Hot peppers, onions and garlic give this sauce deep and flavorful combination that packs extreme heat.

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