50 grams of the finest quality Ground Dried Cayeene Pepper.
Cayenne pepper (also called Capsicum frutescens) is a stimulating herb made from the dried pods of chili peppers and is well known for its pungent taste and smell. Cayenne is a popular spice used in many different regional styles of cooking but it has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Cayenne is often referred to as chili which is the Aztec name for cayenne pepper.
Named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana Cayenne pepper is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum related to bell peppers jalapeños and others. The Capsicum genus is in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).
Cayenne pepper is considered to be misnomer by the American Spice Trade Association which prefers the more generic term red pepper. Generally speaking any of a number of peppers are called Cayenne.
The fruits are generally dried and ground or pulped and baked into cakes which are then ground and sifted to make the powdered spice known as cayenne pepper.
Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes as a powder or in its whole form (such as in Sichuan cuisine) or in a thin vinegar-based sauce. It is generally rated at 30 000 to 50 000 Scoville Units.
The main medicinal properties of cayenne are derived from a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is the ingredient which gives peppers their HEAT. A pepper’s capsaicin content ranges from 0-1.5%. Peppers are measured according to heat units. The degree of heat determines the peppers’ usage and value. Generally the hotter the pepper the more capsaicin it contains. In addition to adding heat to the pepper capsaicin acts to reduce platelet stickiness and relieve pain. Other constituents of cayenne are vitamins E vitamin C and carotenoids.
Today cayenne is used worldwide to treat a variety of health conditions including poor circulation weak digestion heart disease chronic pain sore throats headaches and toothache.
Traditional Indian medecine also utilizes cayenne to treat poor digestion and gas. Chinese medicine uses cayenne for digestive ailments.
Cayenne pepper may kill harmful bacteria germs viruses and other infections and is sometimes applied to external wounds.