Description
The cayenne pepper also known as the Guinea spice, or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper, is a cultivar of Capsicum annuum related to bell peppers, jalape?os, paprika, and others. The Capsicum genus is in the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It is a hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. It is named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana.

Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes, as a powder or in its whole form (such as in Korean, Sichuan, and other Asian cuisine), or in a thin, vinegar-based sauce. It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. It is also used as an herbal supplement, and was mentioned by Nicholas Culpeper in his Complete Herbal, 1653, as “guinea pepper”, a misnomer for “guiana pepper”.

Health Benefits
Weight-Loss Help

One tablespoon of cayenne pepper provides 44 percent of the daily value for vitamin A

Anti-Cold and Flu Agent

Migraine Headache Prevention