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Is bland food knocking on your door? Do yourself a favor and splash on the flavor of a cayenne hot sauce available at Cosmic Chile. It's great on... well, just about anything!
Common Name: Cayenne
Species: Capsicum annuum
Size: Generally 2 to 5 inches long, 1/2 to 1 inch wide
Shape: Long and slender, tapering to a point
Scoville Scale: 30,000 to 50,000
Also Known As: Finger pepper, ginnie pepper, Indian pepper
Grown In: Mexico, Asia, and Africa, New Mexico and Louisiana
Commonly Used In: Usually powdered as a seasoning, also Louisiana-style hot sauces.
Pepper Facts: The word "cayenne" most likely comes from French Guiana, where the capital is Cayenne. Portuguese traders carried the variety around the world, with evidence of its cultivation in home gardens beginning in 1771. Cayenne is well known for its health benefits. It was referred to in 1652 by Nicholas Culpepper as "violent" fruit, useful in many ways, from digestion to improving the sight. It is also widely available today in powdered form to ingest as capsules.