Let’s get to the fun stuff first: Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce is made from Serrano peppers grown in community gardens in the Bronx. Your purchase of this sauce directly supports these community gardens. Pretty excited. And a great idea from Little Axe Pepper. I love this direct support of local urban gardens. And the Bronx Greenmarket hot sauce has a deliciously sweet and earthy flavor, so it’s money well spent. But of course we are here to go into detail. The Bronx Greenmarket may be delicious, but is it heat-balanced? And how convenient is that? Let’s break it down.


Overall, Bronx Greenmarket’s hot sauce is highly regarded for the simplicity of its ingredient list, which brings a sweet, earthy and spicy flavor to the table. Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, serrano pepper, garlic, onion, cane sugar and salt.

Visually, you can see the fresh peppercorns floating in the middle of the beautiful green sauce. That’s a good clue. Little Axe Pepper and these community gardens have certainly found a way to introduce you to the taste of fresh gardening – thanks to their tangy green sauce.

The freshness of the ingredients, especially the serrano, is apparent shortly after consumption. But the light bite of the serranos was soon followed by the sweet and sharp taste of apple cider vinegar. The cane sugar enhances the sweetness of the sauce without smothering it. It’s not too cute. Just enough. Then, finally, you get the garlic and onion rush. This is exactly what you would expect when you look at the ingredients in order.

Bronx Greenmarket hot sauce on a spoon.

Heat balance

The Bronx Green Market Hot Sauce is without a doubt the sweetest and spiciest. With 5,500 blocks of Scoville heat, it’s just a little hotter than the original Tabasco red sauce (which ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 SHU). Serrano peppers range from 10,000 to 23,000 SHU, but (like any sauce) this heat is diluted with other ingredients. In this case, the final heat is more comparable to the consumption of fresh jalapeños (2500 to 8000 SHU).

This is actually a pretty decent demonstration of the Serrano in terms of heat, but the heat fades pretty quickly. It only reaches the middle of the tongue and never the back of the head. And the heat only gets worse the more you eat.

It is a spice that most can appreciate without hesitation. I could use tons of that sauce on my plate and not have to worry about anything. That’s fine if you’re looking for a hot sauce for everyone, but I feel like it could use a little more heat.

On sodium, 50 mg per teaspoon. Nice medium reach for hot sauce. There’s enough salt here so you won’t want more (which is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed the Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce the way I do!).


Conviviality is a bit mixed, but overall good. The Bronx Greenmarket is perfect for tacos, burritos and other Mexican dishes. He has less success (for me) with pizza or beef. It works just like a simple French fry sauce, especially when I want hot sauce at the lower limit of medium spiciness.

This bottle has no cork, so be careful. The finesse of the sauce makes it easy to pour half the bottle over the entire plate. Make sure you shake it well – you need all those fresh ingredients mixed well.


I love the simplicity and authenticity of the label. The Serrano pepper serves as the backdrop for a very cool font that highlights three things that make this sauce special: Community Gardens, Bronx and Fresh Taste (via Greenmarket Flag.) It makes it clear where it comes from and what it is. It’s like it’s homemade, like it’s wrapped in paper, just for you, by the city farmers who made it.

And if you especially like hot sauces, this is also an excellent collection. Remember, it’s made with Serrano peppers grown in the Bronx and supports urban farmers in the region.


The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce is a delicious blend of earthy, sweet, and salty with a low-medium content. It’s a Little Axe Peppers sauce that (thanks to sauces) supports urban gardeners all over the United States – that’s how great the destination is here!

General Taste 4
Heat balance 3.5
User-friendly 4
Collectability 4
X-Factor 4.5

On a scale of 1 (lowest value) to 5 (highest value).

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