Thursday, September 15, 2016

PNW Pepper Profiles: Cayenne

The cayenne pepper is a hot pepper.  It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units.  There are many types of super hot chilies such as Thai chilis, Tabasco style chilis, the are all similar to the cayenne.

It is a thin walled pepper with many seeds and is easy to dry. I personally freeze these peppers and take out scissors to snip small bits into the dishes I cook all winter long.  I prefer to freeze them vs. drying them.

Plants get 24-36 inches tall. I grew two plants this year and each plant has close to 100 peppers on them.  The plant is such a heavy producer than I recommend a tomato cage for support as well as keeping it well watered or mulched in the heat of the summer.  Very easy to grow.

Did you know that cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.

* Note:  With all peppers, plant outside when the weather is warm.  55 F in the evenings.  

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