Lea & Perrins Original Recipe Discovered
Find sheds light on Worcestershire's long-secret flavors
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 4:22 PM CST
A bottle of one of Lea and Perrins newfangled products.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – What looks to be the original and long-secret recipe for Lea and Perrins legendary Worcestershire Sauce has been found. A woman in England discovered it among her late father's leather-bound notebooks. He worked as an accountant for Lea and Perrins and found the 19th-century document in the trash at the factory, reports the Daily Mail.

The find could shed light on the secret flavors that have made the sauce so popular. A contemporary bottle fesses up to using vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, and unspecified “spices” and “flavorings.” According to the old recipe, those are cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles, and peppers.