Ebesse Zozo hot sauces made from a traditional family recipe originating in Togo, West Africa. They are made by Edmond Segbeaya in Nelson. He came to Canada a few years ago after escaping political persecution in Togo. These sauces are hot, but they also have a lot of flavour.
Considered at least “five times hotter than tabasco”, Ebesse Zozo could definitely be tagged as being “extremely hot!”. Ebesse Zozo is Togolese for hot pepper and gets its fiery heat from the Habanero pepper, which is native to Africa. While abundant in Togo, the people of Togo “eat hot foods at every meal.” It just wouldn’t be the same without hot sauce.
The idea spawned from a routine visits to the local grocery store (Kootenay Co-op) in Nelson. The Segbeayas’ love for hot foods certainly “caught the attention of a Kootenay Co-op manager” who wanted to know why they were purchasing entire crates of Habaneros while the most of the other customers could tolerate no more than possibly one or two of the flaming vegetable.
After explaining to the manager about their knack and culture for naturally growing up “eat(ing) hot foods at every meal”, the Assistant Product Manager (Ken Lister) inspired and motivated Edmond Segbeaya to promote, sell, and distribute Ebesse Zozo to as many places as possible. So Edmond decided to start up Awassi as his company to promote his spicy product, and as you now know, the rest is history!