Cayenne Pepper

The cayenne pepper is a member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, which are more commonly known as chili peppers. The common name "cayenne" was actually given to this pepper because of its cultivation in a town that bears the same name in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. Cayenne peppers are red when fully mature and reach 6 to 10 inches long. They are usually thin and have straight or curled tips. The hotness produced by cayenne is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its ..

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