Nando’s is a global brand with very proudly Southern African roots. So, it was a little shocking to discover that many of our UK friends and family saw Nando’s as a UK brand or a Portuguese restaurant. And even more surprisingly, that quite a lot of people didn’t know what our mighty little PERi-PERi chilli actually is.
It was time to tell the story of one little African Bird’s Eye Chilli (our PERi-PERi chilli). We started in the PERi-Farms and ended up on a plate of your favourite flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken on the other side of the world.
PERi-PERi was always a favourite in Mozambique and when 15th century Portuguese explorers landed there, they added it to their flame-grilled chicken. Though civil wars, societal upheaval and all the way to a little lunch at a little restaurant in Lorentzville, South Africa, our PERi-PERi started small and ended up having a mighty big impact on the world.