Cayenne (70K)


  • Organic Cayenne Pepper


  • India


  • Powder


  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • All year



  • Cayenne pepper is the dried and ground fruit of the Cayenne pepper plant. Its heat ranges from 30,000 to 70,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). This one is our hot one since its SHU’s are above 70,000 (we also offer Cayenne with SHU's in the mid 30 thousand). Please use it accordingly. The conventional wisdom says that the cayenne peppers originated in Cayenne, French Guiana, but that is not correct. They do come from Central or South America, maybe Bolivia and today are grown in subtropical and tropical climates all over the world (a sign of the global success of the capsicum annum or bell pepper).


  • Like Paprika, Cayenne is one of the great instruments in the flavor symphony. Cayenne adds a dry uniform heat that does not linger. Used in the right amount, it enhances all of the other flavors of a dish. In that respect its comparable to vodka with its very limited flavor, alcoholic heat, that greatly contributes to the flavor of a mixed drink. 


  • There are two cultural perspectives associated with capsicum (peppers). The first one is that they have different shapes and different names and different heat levels across the world but have become indispensable from local foods (think Thai peppers in Thai food). The second aspect relates to finding or creating the hottest peppers worldwide. There is even a Guinness Book of Records certification. that has seen several entry changes over the last few years. The best-known is the Ghost Pepper from NE India that is above 1,000,000 SHU, which is hot enough to seriously injure someone (gloves and breathing apparatus are advised when handling, chopping, or cooking). The competition for the hottest chili is fierce and reports say that Pepper X is now the hottest with over 3 million SHU. that is higher than pepper spray ("only" 2 million SHU).


  • Chili peppers had spiritual meaning for the Incas, Aztecs, Olmecs, and Mayans. Since Cayenne pepper has tremendous health benefits and originated in Central or South America, it would make sense to have it take on a spiritual meaning as well. Mixing it with tobacco (nicotine) was a mystical potion used by shamans to ward off evil spirits. That tradition has continued until today where chili peppers are an important ingredient of witchcraft and Voodoo for a variety of spells.  


  • There is general agreement that hot chili peppers are one of healthiest plants we can eat. It has beneficial effects on digestion, pain, weight loss, irritation, skin disease (when administered topically), flu & cold prevention, provides vitamins A & E, and others. If you want to learn more about the benefits -