Cayenne Pepper

Capsicum frutescens


Cayenne pepper is said to get its name from the Cayenne region of French Guiana, however all chilies are indigenous to Central and South America.

Cayenne pepper is actually a blend of hot chilies that are mixed to give a consistent heat chili powder, that has a heat level of about 8 out of 10.


Usage Suggestions

Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes, as a powder or in its whole form (such as in Korean, Sichuan and other Asian cuisine), or in a thin, vinegar-based sauce. Use whenever a hot chili bite is required. Great on cooked eggs instead of black pepper!

Health Benefits

All Chili peppers contain capsaicin. The amount of capsaicin is relative to the heat of the Chili pepper. The more pronounced the heat, the more capsaicin. Cayenne peppers have a high concentration of capsaicin. Capsaicin is considered highly anti-inflammatory and may benefit those suffering from inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis osteoarthritis, psoriasis, shingles and diabetic neuropathy.

Capsaicin is also commonly considered a beneficial adjunct to a healthy lifestyle in cardiovascular function, increasing circulation, as well as an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster. Peppers also contain free-radical fighting properties, which may help to maintain a youthful complexion, and prevent cellular damage that can lead to disease.

Cayenne pepper is also claimed to be a male aphrodisiac because it contains capsaicin which can increase blood flow to all parts of the human body.

Chilies are also an excellent source of antioxidants Vitamins: A and C, as well as Vitamin K.

Botanical Name Capsicum frutescens
Common Names Hot Chilli Powder, Guinea spice, Cow-horn pepper, Aleva, Bird pepper
Flavor Hot and spicy
Contains A blend of hot chilies.
Application Cayenne is a popular spice in a variety of cuisines, employed in its fresh form, dried and powdered, and as dried flakes. It is also a key ingredient in a variety of hot sauces, particularly those employing vinegar as a preservative. Cayenne pepper is often spread on sandwiches or similar items to add a spicy flavor. Buffalo-wing sauce contains Cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper has the power to make any dish fiery hot, but it also has a subtle flavor-enhancing quality. A dash of cayenne pepper boosts the flavor of low-salt or low-fat dishes and can be used in place of whole chili peppers in barbecue sauce, chili and other hot dishes.