EN on Herbs

September 1998 Issue

Cayenne: The Hot Herb That Cools Pain

Americans are riding a heat wave. Not left over from the summer's blistering sun, but from cayenne, the hot-selling hot pepper supplement. Also simply called red pepper, cayenne (Capsicum annuum or C. frutescens) is closely related to other notorious hot fellas, such as jalapeņo, habaņero and tabasco peppers, as well as to their more mild-mannered cousins—paprika, pimento and bell peppers. These days, however, cayenne is used more medicinally than to spice up foods.

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