Red Cayenne Chile Peppers
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This item was last sold on : 01/28/17
Red Cayenne chile pepper pods are thin-fleshed with a wrinkled, glossy exterior skin that turns from a green when immature to a vivid red when fully ripe. The cayenne pepper plant grows in a tree like fashion with stems branching from a central stalk growing up to three feet in height. A fully mature cayenne plant can produce upwards of forty pods, each pod growing up to one inch wide and ten inches long. Their shape can be irregular but most often is slightly curved, elongated and tapered at its pointy tip. Offering serious heat, its flavor is slightly tart, acidic and smoky with a pungent, intense heat. So intense, in fact, it is recommended for fresh pepper use that the seeds and veins be removed. It's Scoville units range from 30,000-50,000.
Red Cayenne chile peppers are available late spring and through the summer months.
The Red Cayenne chile pepper, botanically known as a cultivator of Capsicum annuum, is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family. The well-known Red Cayenne chile pepper is also known as Cow Horn pepper, Aleva, Bird pepper, Ginnie pepper, Indian pepper and simply Red pepper. Most commonly the Red Cayenne is dried, ground and used to make the popular powdered spice, Cayenne pepper. It is also commonly used to produce hot sauce with about 75 percent of all cayenne mash in the world coming from the United States.
In addition to their culinary attributes Red Cayenne chile peppers are sought after for their health benefits. The peppers contain capsaicin which is not only responsible for giving peppers their hot flavor but also has been shown to inhibit the inflammatory pain process. Available in form of a tincture, in capsules, powdered and as a cream it is used to treat a variety of ailments such as lowering cholesterol, healing ulcers, boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation. It is also an important ingredient in the popular lemonade diet/cleanse.
Primarily used in their dried and powdered or flaked form, it sold as cayenne powder, red pepper flakes or simply cayenne pepper. The Red Cayenne is also a popular pepper for use in producing many vinegar based hot sauces. When using fresh, slicing the chile lengthwise and removing the seeds and inner ribs will help tone down the heat of the pepper. Fresh Red Cayenne chile peppers can be diced and used to add flavor and spice to chili and stew or incorporated into dressings and marinades. It is also an ingredient in sauces such as hollandaise and buffalo wing. In its whole from Red Cayenne chile peppers are a popular ingredient in Sichuan and Korean cuisine. Fresh Red Cayenne chile peppers should be refrigerated and used within two weeks.
A plant resembling the cayenne pepper is described in the ancient Aztec medicinal text from 1552, The Badanius Manuscript which recommends the pepper for treatment of toothache and scabies. In 1597 botanist John Gerard called the pepper Ginnie or Indian pepper in his herbal manuscript.
The Red Cayenne chile pepper originated in South America and is named after the river and city that share the same name. It is native to East Africa as well as South and Central America. It was utilized as a food source as well as for its heling properties by the Mayan and Aztec peoples. The Red Cayenne made its way around the globe via explorers from Portugal who traveled to Africa, India, Asia and Europe for trade. Today the Red Cayenne chile pepper is grown commercially in Mexico, Japan, Africa, India and in the United States in New Mexico and Louisiana.
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