Sriracha Factory Tour (NatGeo)

After a fiery controversy over spicy pepper fumes in 2013, the Huy Fong Sriracha factory, located 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles in Irwindale (population approximately 1,400), cleaned up its act—as well as its air—and now fuels the condiment’s cult status with facility tours.

Sriracha is a generic term, named after a port city in Thailand where the sauce was supposedly born. Most Americans squeeze the green-capped Huy Fong version, created by Vietnamese immigrant David Tran using fresh California-grown jalapeños.

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Continue reading this article on National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog, posted on April 16, 2015 after appearing in the April 2015 print issue of Traveler magazine. 

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