Steenbergs Organic Ground Cayenne Pepper (dried)
Steenbergs Organic Cayenne Pepper is a pure chilli product with a consistent chilli heat in the range of 38,000 - 50,000 Scoville Heat Units; if you want hotter cayenne pepper, we sell it as Hot Cayenne Pepper. Steenbergs Organic Cayenne Pepper has the power to make any dish nice and hot, but it also has subtle flavour-enhancing quality. For a zesty change, add Steenbergs organic cayenne to replace paprika on devilled eggs or potato salad. Steenbergs organic cayenne pepper is grown in India, Spain or Uganda.
The aroma and flavour of fresh chillis is distinctly capsicum-like, with a hint of sweetness. Their pungent bite comes from the levels of various capsaicionoids, particularly capsaicin, which are present in the fruit; capsaicin causes the brain to release endorphins and so feelings of wellbeing. To make dry chillis, the fresh chillies are dried indoors at 20-25C (68-77F) to allow them to fully ripen, then they are dried outside on concrete floors, roofs of buildings or woven mats. At night they are heaped into piles and covered with tarpaulins to protect them, before being spread out again during the day. It takes roughly three days for the moisture content to be brought down to 10% from 70-80% when fresh; as an approximation, 100kg of fresh chillies yields 25-35kg of dried chilli spice.