Chilli or cayenne pepper: this chilli answers to both names. With its striking curved shape and vibrant red colour, you can't miss the cayenne pepper in the vegetable category. It is one of the most widely used chillies in the kitchen and it owes its popularity to its somewhat milder flavour. At EAT ME we use our own ‘hot scale’ to express how hot chillies are. The cayenne pepper scores a 7 on the scale, so not too spicy.
If you want to add a hint of hot spice to your dish but don't want a dominant flavour, we highly recommend the EAT ME cayenne pepper. The hotness also depends on the colour you choose. Red and yellow chillies have a hotter flavour while green ones are milder. The cayenne pepper is also often used in powdered form.
Recipes with cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is one of the most popular chilli peppers and makes a great addition to a host of dishes. You often come across cayenne pepper in powdered form, but fresh chillies are even more delicious. So spice up a guacamole burger, boost the flavour of a Thai curry or make a surprising combination with rambutan.
Even though the EAT ME cayenne peppers has a slightly milder taste than other chillies, you should still handle it with care. Before you cut the chilli, it's a good idea to rub your hands with oil. This prevents too much of the chilli being absorbed by the skin. Then you can wash the pepper and finely slice or chop it. After preparation, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and do not rub your eyes!
How to use cayenne pepper in the kitchen?
- In salads
Cayenne pepper is best stored in the fridge.
Nutritional values per 100 grams
Cayenne pepper is rich in vitamin C, good for your concentration. The pepper also contains high levels of vitamin K which helps keep your bones strong. The little pepper is also rich in potassium, which is good for the functioning of your muscles and contains lots of iron, so it enhances the production of red blood cells.
Where do cayenne peppers come from?
EAT ME cayenne peppers are grown in countries such as the Netherlands, Spain and Morocco. In the Netherlands, the peppers are grown in greenhouses, in the countries to the south they grow outdoors in the field. The pepper plants are raised by propagators, and then transferred to pots or stone wool slabs. Cayenne peppers grow upwards on a long stem. The fruits develop on the short side shoots of the stem. They are large enough to be harvested after 6-8 weeks.