Cayenne Pepper (ground) is made from the dried pods of pungent chili peppers. The peppers may be used whole in dried and fresh variety. This fiery spice adds flair to dishes from Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East. It is a key ingredient in Tabasco sauce.
Cayenne Pepper comes from India and Latin America.
Traditional Ethnic Uses
Cayenne Pepper is traditionally used in Mexican and Italian cooking.
Taste and Aroma Description
Cayenne Pepper has little aroma, but it is extremely hot to taste.
History/Region of Origin
Cayenne Peppers were grown for thousands of years in the West Indies and Central and South America. Spanish explorers looking for black pepper misnamed them as pepper, and introduced them to the rest of the world. One of Columbus’ passengers, de Cuneo, wrote how the Native Americans ate pepper-like fruit “like we eat apples.”
Refrigerate fresh peppers.
A Few Ideas to Get You Started
Try adding Cayenne Pepper to salsa, avocado dip, taco, and enchilada sauces for extra zesty flavor. You can heat up a barbecue sauce or meat marinade with a shake of Cayenne Pepper. Spice up your tartar sauce or vegetable dips and dressings with a pinch of Cayenne Pepper. You can make South-of-the-Border omelets with tomatoes, onions, peppers, and a pinch of Cayenne Pepper added to the eggs.