About Hot Arusha

Fact Sheet

Business Name : IQ Balance Gourmet. Brand name, Hot Arusha Healthy & Spicy Gourmet Sauces.

Owner : Iqbal Ishani (Read more about Iqbal)

Location : Vancouver, BC

Year Founded : IQ Balance Gourmet since 2014; Family Business in Canada since 1988.

Business Type :  Family Gourmet Hot Sauces. Secrets were passed down from our Grand Mother to our Mothers (10 siblings). They grew up healthy at the foot hill of Mount Kilimanjaro in a village called Arusha in the early 1900.

Mission Statement : Let’s talk about being healthy and in balance. What we are offering as a service are healthy, hot gourmet sauces that tastefully bring you into the present moment.

– Canada is now the proud benefactor of this rich African-Indian heritage
– 7 exciting hot and healthy gourmet sauces – something for everyone’s heat level
– The Coconut Curry is a later addition and is healthy and mild
– Each bottle contains wholesome ingredients without the use of fillers and preservatives
– Made from ingredients that everyone can recognize and pronounce
– Sauces are bottled using natural hand-made traditional methods
– Based on the belief that food should energize people


General Health Benefits of Hot Sauces :

1. Helps with Weight Loss (increases metabolic rate)

2. Improves Your Circulation

3. Reduces Cholesterol


Definition of  Hot :

The intensity of heat in peppers is measured by the Scoville scale, which was developed by pharmacist Wilbur Lincoln Scoville in 1912. While a bell (sweet) pepper has a score of zero, pure capsaicin can surpass 15 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU)! For comparison, jalapeno peppers range from 2,500 to 8,000 SHU while Scotch Bonnet peppers can be upwards of 350,000. Ghost chilis, which are even hotter, have a potency of about 900,000 SHU


History early 1900 near Mount Kilimanjaro :

The Hot Arusha label was founded in Canada by the Ishani-Tharani family, originally from East Africa. Arusha is a lush landscape and sprawling metropolis in northern Tanzania, situated between the foothills of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in Kenya. The region consists of colorful, vibrant markets and a diverse culture of local tribes.

Kenya is the native home of the Ishani family who lived there for many generations. The story begins with the family matriarch, Fatma Jiwa Ali Tharani who grew hot peppers and other ingredients in her own garden to create dishes to feed her husband and ten children. The sauces are based on the ingredients and traditions of Fatma’s Indian heritage and her home in Africa.

As the children grew up, they branched out around the world, taking those sauce recipes with them. One of them, Roshen, along with her husband, developed fusion sauces with those recipes that honored their heritage, adopting the ingredients to their new homes.  Iqbal Ishani, Roshen’s youngest son, now heads up development in Vancouver BC.