Cayenne Chilli Powder - 1kg
Cayenne pepper is a type of Capsicum annuum, and closely related to bell peppers and jalapeños. Obtained from a sub-tropical to tropical plant native to South America, these peppers are 10 to 25 cm long, skinny, and bright red-colored. They have a tapering shape, a curved tip and somewhat rippled skin. The name Cayenne comes from the city of Cayenne in French Guinea, from where the pepper originates (the first documented uses).
The Cayenne fruits (peppers) are generally dried and ground to make the powdered Cayenne powder. Cayenne pepper is a staple in Mexican, Creole and Cajun cuisines. Cayenne pepper powder is also used in Indian, Korean, Sichuan, and other Asian cuisines.
Cayenne doesn’t have a smoky or earthy a flavor as some other dried chiles do. Mostly, it’s hot and a little fruity, and that’s about it. This is an asset, not a drawback. Cayenne may be a power player in heat, but it works nicely with other flavors.
Since it’s pretty uncommon to run across fresh cayenne peppers, in most instances you can assume a recipe is calling for dried, ground cayenne pepper.
If a kitchen has just one spice bottle of ground, dried pepper around, it’s a safe bet it’s cayenne. Cayenne packs heat without a ton of its own flavor, making it an especially versatile ingredient.
Need a little kick? Use just a pinch. Want to make something fiery? Use way more.