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Cayenne Powder

Cayenne Powder

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While the term “Cayenne” is often times used to refer to any ground pepper it is actually a unique type of chile pepper that is between four and twelve inches long, thin and features a pungent taste. While chile peppers have three species they will vary in their degree of heat – the Capsicum Frutescens are kind of the middle of the road while the Capsicum Chinense are considered the hottest of them all – the Cayenne belongs to the family of Capscium Annum and even its personality depends on where it is cultivated. If it is grown in a hot, dry environment it will produce a hotter chile than those from cooler, wetter climates that will produce milder chiles.  

This ground cayenne pepper is a reddish orange in color and may be used in any recipe that calls for ground red pepper. This particular pepper comes in at 30,000-40,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units) but don’t let that lull you to sleep – we still recommend adding this spice to your dishes “one pinch at a time”. This way you will be able to locate the ideal heat level for you.

If however you have added too much heat to the dish (and your mouth is on fire, your forehead is sweating profusely and there are tears streaming down your cheeks) the best way to neutralize the burning is to drink or eat a dairy-based product like heavy cream or full fat yogurt – this is because capsaicin is not water soluble so water won’t bring your mouth back to normal.