Product Review: Puckerbutt Pepper Co.
Puckerbutt Pepper Company.  Could a company name get any more unique?  If you are a fan of spice and heat, this company is a must try.  This is one of my top favorite local companies for natural and healing food.  Puckerbutt Pepper Company specializes in all things pepper! It is local to Rock Hill, South Carolina, which happens to be minutes away from where we live in Charlotte, North Carolina.  That is how I met the founder and owner, Ed Currie, and fell in love with his products.

I actually met Ed a year ago at a local Italian Festival.  We both had vendor booths at the festival.  Of course, you know me, if there’s a food booth with good-for-you freebies, I’m there sampling and talking to the owners.  A year ago, Puckerbutt’s booth only had a few salsa options and some spicy mustards.  After eating about 10 samples and chatting with Ed for a bit, I went on my way with a jar of his homemade spicy mustard in my hand.  I thought how cool it was to meet a fellow entrepreneur with a passion for creating delicious immune-boosting food.

Wish you could see how bright orange ‘Shoot That’s Hot’ is.  I ate too much!

Fast forward to this summer, when we met Ed again at the same Italian Festival.  In fact, our booths were neighboring this time!  We recognized each other right away, and I moseyed on over for some more samples of his delicious salsa.  But WOW, I was instantly blown away with his table display.  Not only did he have his mustards and salsas, but over the past year Ed had expanded his Puckerbutt Pepper product line by probably 10 fold. He added absolutely the most fantastic array of hot sauces I have ever seen or tasted!  I’m not kidding, you have got to check out his website and just read through his list of hot sauce flavors!  They range from mild to extremely hot (or in Puckerbutt terms, ‘stupit hot’) and are rated on a heat index for you.  They come in beautiful, bright, natural colors from the organic whole food blend of ingredients.  I love the variety of oranges, reds, pinks, yellows, and greens.  And each flavor blend of hot sauce has its own fun name.  My top four favorites are “Shoot That’s Hot,” “Red Hot Cherry,” “Payton’s Hot Strawberry,” and “Yellow Fever.”  You’ve got to love a company with a sense of humor!  : )

Deep red color of the ‘Red Hot Cherry’ blend.

I love everything that Ed makes.  His salsas are fresh and extremely flavorful.  His mustards are so good!  A perfect holiday gift if you ask me!  I see he just introduced pure pepper puree.  And, you can also get organic pepper seeds, of an insane variety selection, from Ed.

You can see the purity in his products.  All organic, no fillers or thickeners, just food.

The reason I wanted to share Puckerbutt Pepper Company with you is Ed’s mission for delivering health through peppers.  Peppers are one of God’s most amazing healing foods.  Peppers contain Capsaicin.  Capsaicin is considered the “Holy Grail” of healing compounds because it can offer so much in healing the body.  It has been shown to relieve headaches, reduce inflammation, relieve sinus pain, promote weight loss, decrease blood pressure, prevent stroke, and in Ed’s case, prevent heart disease.  You can read more about how Ed’s personal health choices resulted in Puckerbutt Pepper Company on his website.  After years of growing peppers for his personal use to heal his body from any risks of family predisposition to heart disease, Ed decided it was time to share his pepper variety and expertise with his community.  It started out as a small production, with only neighbors and friends benefiting from his kitchen creations.  Eventually word spread and demand for his unique and superb blends of pepper salsas and hot sauces grew.  Puckerbutt Pepper Company is now much more than a locally owned business.  Ed’s products can be ordered online, shipped world wide, and have been sold as far overseas as Germany and England!

You can find Puckerbutt Pepper Company online and on Facebook.  Be sure to watch some of their pepper taste testing videos on their Facebook page (hilarious stuff!).

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Written by Elise Schwartz
Elise Schwartz

Elise has been living a sugar-free natural lifestyle since 2008, after discovering her PCOS, infertility, and inability to lose weight were caused by toxicity in her food and daily life. She became a certified nutrition and body detox coach, and provides consultations to clients across the world. By living the principles she teaches, Elise proudly welcomed her son, Austin, into the world in 2011. She and her husband, Dr. Dave, own and operate a natural health clinic, Triad Health Center, in Greensboro, NC.

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