Our Story

By Real People, For Real People

Based on a legendary Venezuelan condiment, Kumana's story goes back centuries. The origins of this condiment are a mystery, with no one knowing for certain what the original recipe was. It's flavors are an expression of Venezuela's lush abundance, a country where the Andes meets the Caribbean. It's vital ingredients: avocados, onions, bell peppers, and parsley grow year-round. The sauce grew in popularity through the centuries, with each family making their own homemade recipe and passing it down by word of mouth and tradition.

Our great-great-grandparents had this sauce for the first time shortly after they arrived in Venezuela in the mid-1800s, and we've been making it ever since. Our family came from Italy and settled in the eastern part of the country, near the town of Cumana - where Kumana got its name. When you taste Kumana, your tasting hundreds of years of history condensed into one bottle. You're enjoying the rich flavors of the Andes combined with the freshness of the Caribbean. If it's been around this long, you bet it tastes great.

Francisco and Roberto Pavan