Cayenne Pepper’s (Capsicum minimum or Capsicum fastigiatum) health benefits are many, varied and truly astonishing. I was never aware it had so many wonderful healing properties until I started to study herbs. You, like me, may have just thought of cayenne pepper (or also known as chili powder) as a great cooking spice. There are many different types of pepper spices made from red peppers, varying in strength from the mild paprika to the hottest cayenne.
Where does cayenne come from? The fruit or body of the peppers are dried then ground down, pulped and baked into cakes, which are then sifted to make the spice known as cayenne pepper. In case you may be slightly confused, red hot chili peppers are sometimes referred to as "cayenne peppers" as well.
Some may argue that cayenne is simply a spice and cannot be classified as an herb. So let's touch on that. Yes, certainly cayenne is a spice that is self-evident. And, to food preparation professionals, it is thought of as solely a spice. In its strictest definition, it is a spice as I referred to it above. ...
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