The Golden Cayenne pepper is a relative of the Red Cayenne pepper. The Golden Cayenne is best known for its ability to increase the heat level and enhance the flavor of food. In addition to enhancing flavor, the Golden Cayenne pepper provides numerous nutritional benefits, including high levels of nutrients and health-improving compounds.
Many people love the spicy flavor of using fresh Golden Cayenne peppers, especially in salsa and hot sauces. Like the Jalapeno, Golden Cayenne peppers are very popular because they are hot enough to feel spicy, but not overly spicy, making them a family-friendly pepper. The Golden Cayenne has a medium spice level as it ranges from 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), between the Serrano pepper and the Thai pepper. A close, slightly hotter relative to the Golden Cayenne pepper is the Charleston pepper. The Golden Cayenne pepper is thin, long, and curved, reaching about 4 to 6 inches in length. It matures from green to a golden yellow color. The Cayenne pepper family includes the Red Cayenne pepper.