Product: Cayenne Pepper
Schoville Heat Units: 38,000 - 40,000
Latin Name: Capsicum frutescens
Plant Family: Solanaceae
Other Names: Tabasco Pepper, Chili Pepper, Spanish Pepper, Chileng-bundok, Siling-Labuyo, Poivre de Cayenne, Pepe di Caienne, Pimienta de Cayena, Cayennepeper, Cayenne-Pfeffer & Katumbal.
Description: Cayenne peppers come from a tender perennial bushy herb that is a cultivar of the Capsicum frutescens species of chili peppers. They are native to tropical American but are cultivated all over the temperate world especially in Africa and India. In colder climates they are treated as an annual plant. They grow to a height of 2 metres and have a bushy habit; the leaves are oblong-ovate to ovate-lanceolate in shape, 3-10cm in length and medium green in colour. The flowers appear in clusters or singularly dependant on the cultivar and are greenish-white to yellowish-green in colour, stalked and 8-9mm in diameter. Flowers give rise to fruits which are elliptically conical to lanceoloid in shape and 10-50mm in length, initially yellowish green ripening to red.
N.B. Looking for a delicious Cayenne Pepper recipe? Why not try this Bengali Curry from the Hairy Bikers?
Cayenne pepper adds punch to curries, soups, stews, burgers and a whole variety of spicy dishes. You can use it to liven up just about any savoury dish, it can even be added to sweet dishes to add a flavour twist, try adding a pinch or two to chocolate in all its forms, hot chocolate, icing, sauce and pudding. Add a light dusting of cayenne pepper to potato wedges or roasted vegetables for a spicy twist.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.