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Cayenne pepper

The slightly milder pepper

Cayenne pepper - Product picture

Cayenne peppers are also known as chilli pepper. With a score of 7 out of 10 on Nature's Pride's 'hot scale', it is one of the milder types of pepper. This means that cayenne pepper is also popular with consumers who are after a milder taste. The pepper is also often used in powder form. And not only in the kitchen: healthy properties have been attributed to the pepper for centuries.

The cayenne pepper is long and shiny. Longer peppers become slightly curved. The pepper can be red, yellow or green. Those who prefer something a little less spicy, choose the green variety. Asian, African and South American dishes often call for cayenne pepper.

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Storage advice

  • Transport and storage: Cayenne peppers keep longer under cool conditions. A temperature of 10 to 12˚C is perfect for transport and storage.
  • Shop: A place on the regular produce shelf is fine.

Varieties

Fireflame

The Fireflame variety is long and shiny. Compared to the Daredevil, Fireflame is slightly more curved.

Daredevil

This variety is slightly shorter than Fireflame, slightly less shiny but straighter in shape.

Our cayenne peppers are grown in:

The Netherlands, Spain and Morocco

Growing and harvesting

At the grower's

Cayenne peppers are grown from seed to plant by plant growers. The trays with seeds are kept under artificial light for 2 weeks at a temperature between 23 and 25˚C. When the first plants appear, the peppers are moved to pots or rockwool blocks. Once the plants reach 40 centimetres, the cayenne peppers are taken to their final destination: the open field in the open ground or in the greenhouse, depending on the season.

Cayenne peppers grow upwards like a long stem. The peppers develop on the short side shoots of the stem. They are large enough to be harvested after 6 to 8 weeks. By that time, the peppers have developed an even colour. Harvesting is manual work, as is sorting for quality, size and colour. Packed in 2 kilo boxes, the cayenne peppers are shipped to Nature's Pride.

Cayenne Pepper - Growth & Harvest

Recipes & preparation tips

Even though this variety has a slightly milder taste on Nature's Pride's 'hot scale', it is still wise to rub your hands with some oil before preparing the pepper. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap afterwards. The pepper is slightly less hot when the seeds are removed. Cayenne pepper is a popular ingredient in many recipes. The pepper is often used in Spanish recipes and it is also a great start if you want to make your own sambal. The EAT ME website inspires your consumer with creative applications such as a salmon fillet with mango-avocado salsa or guacamole burgers.

Cayenne Pepper - Recipes & Preparation

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