Cayenne Pepper Powder
Cayenne is a variety of Capsicum annuum, a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family that also includes paprika, bell peppers, and chili peppers. Cayenne peppers are thought to have originated in South America but are now popular worldwide.
Cayenne turns up the heat and adds rich flavor to any dish — from proteins to vegetables, blends, and sauces. Cayenne pepper can range from a mildly hot flavor to a hot and spicy taste, depending on the heat units. We offer a range of heat units from 35K H.U. to 90K H.U.
Flavor profile & uses
The powder form of Cayenne can add a richness of flavor to a variety of dishes with a complimentary heat. Cayenne pepper can range from a mildly hot flavor to a hot and spicy taste, depending on the heat units. The heat units you choose will depend on what type of food you are making and also what the desired spiciness of the dish is. The heat can totally change a recipe’s spiciness. Cayenne pepper is a staple in Southwestern American, Asian, and Mexican cuisine, as well as Cajun and Creole cooking. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes, and can give a nice kick to chili sauce & BBQ sauces.
How is the heat determined for Cayenne & Chili Peppers?
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat of the cayenne and chili peppers, as reported in Scoville heat units (S.H.U. or H.U.), due to the capsaicin concentration. The substances that give the peppers their intensity when ingested are capsaicin and the related compounds known as capsaicinoids. The greater amount of these compounds there are in the chili, the hotter it is.
Capsicum, red pepper, hot pepper
Excessive dose may cause gastrointenstinal irritation or heartburn, or exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux. Cayenne preparations irritate the mucous membranes and injured or broken skin.