Cayenne peppers pack much more of a kick than jalapenos. They range from about 30,000 to 50,000 on the Scoville heat index. Cayenne peppers are usually sold in a dried or ground up form at the grocery store. They are bit harder to find at the supermarket in raw form. Cayenne peppers are quite hot when picked fresh off the vine. A solid chomp and subsequent chew will produce an endorphin rush similar to consuming lots of rich dark chocolate. Much like the jalapeno or any other hot pepper, the capsaicin in cayenne peppers is most efficiently released when they are roasted.
The cayenne pepper originated in the city of Cayenne which is the capital of French Guiana. At Central Farms, we prefer a strain of Cayennes known as super twos because they are very resilient during the extremely hot and dank Watchung Valley summers. They are also quite resistant to dry rot (a pepper farmer’s worst nightmare).Also, this particular variety produces a very high yield. We have also tried the jumbo variety, the Carolina long slim, as well as various Indian varieties. It is best to pick cayenne peppers when they turn a full on fire engine red color. Usually, the rule is: the longer you wait for the peppers to mature, the hotter they will get. Cayennes have what is considered a medium length growing season.
We use only homegrown, organic cayenne peppers in our Old Bricktucky Cayenne. Thesauce is a unique break from your traditional strict cayenne and vinegar concoctions. It is a distinct blend of organic cayenne peppers, cinnamon, paprika, and bell peppers. It is fantastic on pork chops or on a nice loaf of cornbread. But like all of our sauces, it is quite versatile in thatit goes well with pretty much anything.