Anupama Singh
photograph by Scott Muthersbaugh

Type “tamarind” on Amazon, and Apex Food Company’s best-selling Zukti sauce pops up. Never mind her former career in IT: Anupama Singh is also a devoted foodie. So she took the flavors of her native India, knowledge from Wake Tech, and advice from helpful state agencies (“Use a ‘Z’ in the name”) and created Zukti along with a gourmet onion relish called Piaz, flavorful condiments for everything from salmon to pimento cheese. Anu is ready for your questions: Though it looks like a bean, tamarind is a fruit (with natural antioxidants), and no, the concoctions aren’t overly spicy. Her company’s slogan, “Peak of Goodness,” reflects the town of Apex’s own play on words, “Peak of Good Living.” Next up: hot sauce.

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Kelly is a contributing editor at Our State. She is the author of By Accident and the novels Now You Know, The Last of Something, Even Now, and How Close We Come, winner of the Carolina Novel Award and an alternate selection of Book-of-the-Month Club. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Greensboro.