Information about Cayenne Pepper
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Peppers are actually Capsicums. They belong to the botanic family Solanaceae,
which includes potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, eggplants, the deadly
nightshade. They are not true peppers, but were misnamed by early Spanish
explorers who confused their hot taste with the chillies to which they were
Cayenne peppers originate in central and South
America and the West Indies and have been grown and used for both medicinal and
culinary purposes for thousands of years. They
are red when fully mature, grow to between 6-10 inches long and are thin and
straight or sometimes curled at the tips.
Cayenne peppers can be used for cooking at any stage, but the more mature
(redder) the hotter. Although fresh cayenne peppers are available in
some stores, dried ground cayenne pepper is available almost everywhere
and most of the recipes calling for cayenne on this site use this form.
can find recipes using cayenne throughout this site and in
particular on the USA-Cajun/Creole Cooking by Country page. Just use the search
form to find them all.
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