A new Cayenne variety, the Bonanza Cayenne is a cross between the traditional Red Cayenne and the Banana pepper. It has the size and girth of the traditional thick Cayenne and the mild heat level of the Banana pepper. The Bonanza Cayenne grows to be about 6 to 8 inches in length and ripens from a light green color, like a Banana pepper, to deep red. Bonanza Cayenne peppers enhance the flavor of food while providing a mild heat level, as they average about 300 to 1,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). In addition to enhancing flavor, the Bonanza Cayenne pepper provides numerous nutritional benefits, including high levels of nutrients and health-improving compounds. The Bonanza Cayenne’s parent, the Red Cayenne, is often purchased as a health supplement in pill form in order to incorporate the benefits of capsaicin into a daily diet.
Many people love the spicy flavor of using fresh Red Cayenne peppers, especially in salsa and hot sauces. Like the Jalapeno, Bonanza Cayenne peppers are very popular because they have great flavor but are not overly spicy, making them a family-friendly pepper. A close, slightly hotter relative to the Bonanza Cayenne pepper is the Charleston pepper. The Cayenne pepper family also includes the Golden Cayenne pepper.
The Bonanza Cayenne pepper was developed at the Tyler Farms Innovation Acre.