Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

The cayenne pepper — also known as the Guinea pepper or bird pepper or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper — is a hot, red chili pepper used to flavor dishes and for medicinal purposes. Named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, it is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum related to bell peppers, jalapeños, and others. The Capsicum genus is in the nightshade family.

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