Cayenne Pepper from Mexico - Capsicum frutescens is also available under the name devil pepper, and it is fiery spicy ground chili.
This hot chili belongs to the variety Capsicum frutescens, and you can buy it under the following names: Devil's pepper, pod pepper, red pepper, Spanish pepper, Indian pepper. Buy it in our Herbs and Spice Store.
What is Cayenne Pepper?
Cayenne pepper is not a pepper, but a chili variety. They are small, hot, ground chili pods from the plant family Capsicum frutescens. This chili is sharper than the genus Capsicum annuum. It is, as the name implies, the devil pepper and just right for those who like hot and spicy flavor.
What makes it so hot?
Cayenne pepper is made of whole chili pods. The Capsaicin is the spicy substance responsible for its pungent flavor, and it is in the interior walls of the chili. It is a fat-dissolving substance. If you use by accident too much Cayenne, drink a glass of milk rather than a glass of water for relief. The fat in the milk dissolves the capsaicin and alleviation approaches.
How does it taste?
The devil's pepper has a red color and a fruity, pungent taste. Its smell is characteristic of chili. You should be aware that this product is about 20 times as hot as paprika and much less aromatic. Please be careful when seasoning.
Which regional kitchens use Devil Pepper?
Indian, Indonesian, Mexican, and Chinese regional kitchens use a lot of cayenne in their dishes. It is a spice and sharpens the flavor of Chili con Carne and other Mexican dishes. It also refines fish dishes, delicate fruity chutney, or barbecue sauces for your barbecue.
Cayenne pepper is versatile. Try it on seafood, stews, soups, pizza, or in a chocolate dessert. I love, for example, a creamy, spicy chocolate ice cream. The Capsicum frutescens plant belongs to the nightshade family and has its origin in the tropical middle and South America. It can reach a stature height of 1 m and bears greenish, white flowers which, depending on the degree of ripeness, first carry green than red or yellow pods.
What other spices can you combine with Cayenne Pepper?
Devils Pepper goes well with all spices like Cinnamon Ceylon,Turmeric, Ginger, black garlic, wild rosemary, wild thyme except black pepper. It is an ingredient in many spice blends (Berbere, Cajun, Harissa, Tabil, Tsire, Tandoori Masala, Taboulé) and spicy curry powder and is also in the famous Tabasco sauce.
Caution: Cayenne pepper does not match with black pepper.
Please store cayenne pepper airtight, protected from the sun, in a cool and dry place.
Where does the spice come from?
The chili plant is a perennial, tropical plant and has a height of several meters. Its origin lies in northern South America in Colombia, northern Brazil, and Bolivia. There they cultivate it already for over 7000 years.