One of the best known chilli peppers, the ‘Cayenne’ pepper is a staple of most people’s spice collection as a dried powder, but what could be better that growing these fantastic peppers yourself so that you can use them fresh all summer long?
‘Cayenne’ is an incredibly versatile all-round chilli, and enormously popular in cooking. As with all chilli peppers, its heat is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The higher the SHU, the hotter the chilli. ‘Cayenne’ has an SHU of between 30,000 and 50,000, which makes is powerful enough to add a pungent kick to recipes, but not so strong that it overwhelms other flavours.
The best way to grow chillies is in pots in a warm, sunny spot such as a patio or porch, or indoors as a houseplant in a bright area. ‘Cayenne’ produces lots of tasty, slender chillies that grow to 15cm long and are perfect to use in a wide range of recipes when you want to add some heat. They’re also great eaten raw or seared on a grill.
Growing to about 90cm tall, ‘Cayenne’ is an attractive patio plant and are also wonderfully decorative with the deep green leaves and glassy red chillies, often with both flowers and fruit growing at the same time.
Supplied as an established plant in 9cm pot, ready to plant and growing to a height of 90cm (3ft) and width of 45cm (18in).
Growing chilli peppers