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Dec 20, 2012 10:10 AM

Costa Rica--Hot Sauces and Condiments to Bring Home


I haven't been back to Costa Rica in years, but remember bringing home a great hot sauce that I only found there. We're going to be in the Osa Peninusula for most of this trip, but perhaps you could give me the names of condiments that might be available at the airport.

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  1. The only sauce that I recall, from my trips and conversations with a good friend who lives there, is Salsa Lizano. And it's everywhere - on every table at every restaurant. I love Salsa Lizano. It's a savory sauce - not hot - with a hint of sweetness. I'm sure there are other local sauces (maybe even some hot ones) that you can find at specific retailers, but Salsa Lizano is the most ubiquitous. It's great to bring home when you want to create pico de gallo, the national beans-and-rice dish.

    1. Thank you, I will bring some home!

      1. Salsa Lizano is available in the supermarkets in a wide range of sizes. I always regretted not bringing back a large bottle as the salsa is not readily available in the U.S.; I had a relative from Costa Rica check the stores that she fequents in the Bay Area with no luck. It had to be mail ordered.

        Lizano, by the way, is the brand name so you will find other Lizano products on the same shelf.