Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper 

Cayenne pepper is a finely ground powder prepared from the seeds and pods of various types of chilli As most powders are blends, the names of the varieties used are not very important.

The capsicums used are the small-fruited varieties: thinnish tapered seed pods up to 12 cm long and 2.5 cm in diameter. Cayenne is made from the ripened fruit, varying from red to yellow. The powder is red or red-brown in colour. Some cayennes include the ground seeds and are hotter than those which exclude them.

Cayenne pepper is well known and easily available in the West.

Bouquet: Dusty but slightly aromatic. Flavour: Hot, pungent and biting, although not as powerful as the hotter chillies.

Cayenne should not be used to the same degree as paprika, which it resembles, for it is much stronger. When used as a condiment it should be sprinkled sparingly.
It should be kept in a dark container as it is affected by sunlight, and bought in small quantities as it deteriorates rapidly, losing its pungency.
Culinary Uses

Cuisine: Global

Category: Spices and Herbs

Sub Category: Spices