What we have here today is a South African hot sauce. This will be our first one reviewed here on ILIS. For this review we have Michael Hansen, RJ, and G. Maybe I should call Michael MH. Lots of a initials. Here is a little background about Matanzima taken from their website:
Where does Matanzima come from? Well, let’s start at the beginning. First the earth cooled, and then the dinosaurs’ came, but they got too big and fat… No seriously, Matanzima comes from South Africa – remember that place, where they just held the World Cup soccer, with Vuvuzelas and all? Well, South Africa has a VERY diverse population (there are, for real, 11 official languages – count ‘em – Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu), including a large Indian population concentrated in the KwaZulu/Natal (Zululand) region. (Did you know that Mahatma Gandhi started his career as an attorney in South Africa?)
These Indian immigrants brought with them a love of spicy food, and this influence has spread, to the point where chilies, peppers and hot sauces are now used with many traditional African dishes.
This is the heritage of Matanzima Hot Sauce – the recipe itself was developed by a long time family friend who grew up in India and moved to South Africa as a young man in the 1960’s. Using African chilies, Indian spices, the freshest local ingredients, and NEVER any preservatives or coloring, it is truly an African taste, unlike anything else you’re gonna find in the hot sauce aisle in your super market.