Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper recipes Edit

Also known as Edit

  • finger chili
  • finger pepper
  • ginnie pepper
  • bird pepper

About Cayenne pepper Edit

A chile pepper that is often available as a green or red fresh pepper When harvested during the warmer months, it is green or turns to red as the cooler weather arrives. It has a very hot, biting flavor and a little goes a long way when seasoning dishes.

Cayenne is used in cooking spicy hot dishes. It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville Units. It is also used as an herbal supplement, and was mentioned by Nicholas Culpeper in his Complete Herbal. Also believed to have many beneficial medicinal qualities, especially for the pulmonary and digestive systems. And will taste wonderful with a green pepper.

Dried cayenne pepper Edit

Cayenne pepper is also commonly purchased as a ground pepper to be used as a spice for seasoning. Cayenne pepper is a very hot red powder used to flavor dishes; its name comes from the city of Cayenne in French Guiana. The powder comes from the fruit of several cultivated varieties of the Capsicum baccatum and Capsicum frutescens species of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). The fruits are either dried and ground, or pulped and baked into cakes, which are then ground and sifted to make the powder.

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