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Tourist destination keeps spicing things up

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Way out past the edge of town, past U.S. 90 and halfway to the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana 329 thins into Avery Island Road, which winds along the curves of sparkling bayous and verdant gardens. This is where the hot peppers grow.

Edmund McIlhenny arrived on Avery Island a-century-and-a-half ago, a Maryland man who’d earned a small fortune in New Orleans banking before the Civil War. Here, he came into possession of some Capsicum frutescens seeds, believed to have come from Mexico or Central America. The seeds took marvelously to the rich soil and the humid air. He delighted in the spice and flavor of the Tabasco peppers they sprouted. 

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