Marking Tabasco's 150th birthday with a tour of Avery Island

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a display that counts how many bottles of Tabasco sauce were produced at the Tabasco factory on Avery Island on that day

This June 4, 2018 photo shows about 1,000 egrets and other birds on a lagoon in Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana. The bird sanctuary was crea

This June 4, 2018 photo shows barrels used in blending and aging Tabasco at the factory where the famous pepper sauce is made on Avery Island in Louis

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a sign directing visitors to attractions on Avery Island in Louisiana, where Tabasco sauce is made. The product was firs

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a pepper plant in a greenhouse on Avery Island in Louisiana. The peppers are used in Tabasco sauce, which was first made

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a display of Tabasco-related products and gifts in the store on Avery Island in Louisiana that's part of the complex whe

This June 4, 2018 photo shows about 1,000 egrets and other birds on a lagoon in Jungle Gardens on Avery Island, Louisiana. The bird sanctuary was crea

This June 4, 2018 photo shows boudin sausage, crawfish etouffee and other Cajun-style food served at a cafe on Avery Island, Louisiana, as part of a c

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a view of the factory where Tabasco is made on Avery Island in Louisiana. The famous pepper sauce was first made in 1868

This June 4, 2018 photo shows Tabasco-infused olives and other food and dips in a free taste sample display on Avery Island in Louisiana, where Tabasc

This June 4, 2018 photo shows a cafeteria-style cafe on Avery Island, Louisiana, where traditional Cajun food is served as part of a complex of attrac

AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — One of the world's most famous condiments is celebrating its 150th birthday: Tabasco.

Edmund McIlhenny (MAC-ul-hen-ee) created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana.

The company is still headquartered there, and is still run by McIlhenny's descendants.

Visitors may tour the Tabasco museum and factory and try free samples of Tabasco-infused goodies. There's also a unique nature preserve called Jungle Gardens that helped save snowy egrets from being wiped out in the U.S.

Museum exhibits include vintage Tabasco bottles along with the wooden barrels still used to age the sauce. A greenhouse displays some pepper plants, though the peppers are now mostly grown outside the U.S.

The sauce is bottled at the Avery Island factory, though, producing up to 700,000 bottles a day.