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Lomalita – Habanero Hot Sauce Feature

This week for Medium Monday it’s the Lomalita Hot Sauce, a habanero sauce that aims to enhance any food it’s used on instead of overpowering it.

Established in 2017, Lomalita features the image of its namesake on each and every bottle. Loma, the dog’s face you see, is an American Bulldog owned by founder/creator Caroline Ross. So far just one sauce to rule them all from Lomalita Hot Sauce, but Ross said future sauces are not out of the question.

The first thing you notice with this sauce is the vibrant orange glow which comes from the carrots and the habaneros. When taking a whiff you get habaneros and you get a hint of the onions. Taking a look at the ingredient list, it looks like a fairly standard habanero ingredient list.

Ingredient list: Vinegar, Water, Chile Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Lime Juice, Garlic, Sea Salt, Olive Oil.

There are some seeds floating around and some other bits here and there, but the reducer hole is wide enough that you’ll have no trouble getting the sauce out. It sits nicely on a spoon, some of that smoothness coming from the olive oil, but mostly from a well-blended batch of sauce.

This sauce is fairly unique in that no one ingredient overshadows another when it comes to taste. You get a nice hit of habaneros, then get the onions, carrots and a hint of lime at the end of it all, taking you full circle on the list. Most habanero sauces are so habanero focused that this one stuck out as unique. The vegetal taste may cause some to stay away from it, but we can see this sauce being great on tacos, salads, even burgers.

Fun fact: Lomalita gets their salt from San Juan Island Sea Salt which is solar evaporated and hand harvested. We visited San Juan Island back in 2017, but had no idea there was a craft salt maker on the island, so it was awesome to read a bit about them. Lomalita’s founder Caroline Ross grew up on San Juan Island with the owner of San Juan Island Sea Salt, so the two go way back. Knowing that, it makes a lot more sense that she continues to use San Juan Island Sea Salt in her sauce to this day.

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