The Red Cayenne pepper is best known for its ability to increase the heat level and enhance the flavor of food. In addition to enhancing flavor, the Red Cayenne pepper provides numerous nutritional benefits, including high levels of nutrients and health-improving compounds. Red Cayenne pepper 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, Red Cayenne peppers are very popular because they are hot enough to feel spicy, but not overly spicy, making them a family-friendly pepper. The Red 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 Red Cayenne pepper is the Charleston pepper. The Red Cayenne pepper is thin, long, and curved, reaching about 4 to 6 inches in length. It matures from green to red. The Cayenne pepper family also includes the Golden Cayenne pepper.