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Cayenne Pepper
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
Color: Red
Scoville Heat Units: 30,000 to 50,000
Otherwise 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.
Some Random 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 pepper 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.

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