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The Cayenne Pepper - Beautiful Plant And A Spicy Delight

The Cayenne Pepper is a wonderful indoor and outdoor plant. The plant is best known for its use in spicy cuisine. It is also an ornamental plant. The plant is native to the tropics and considered a perennial there. In all other non tropical areas, it is treated as an annual.

I have grown many selections from seed. You can either germinate from seed or buy an established plant. It loves the warm sun. It's a nice look to plant it in a rock garden. The contrast of the plant and rocks are stunning.

Here's a tip in taking this plant as an annual and making it a perennial or a year around indoor plant. If you live in an area where the summers are longer, plant it outdoors. When the cooler weather arrives, bring the plant inside for the winter months. The plants produce peppers year around. Herbee and I will trim back the older branches where there is new growth starting.

Close Up Of Cayenne Pepper

Close Up Cayenne Pepper

Full Ornamental Pepper Plant

Full Cayenne Plant

Cayenne Pepper Turning Red

Cayenne Pepper Turning To Red

Germination needs to be done in a warm environment of 72° to 75°F. It may vary due to your conditions in a greenhouse or in your own home.

Herbee and I have had great success with germination. Seeds can be purchased easily and the prices are inexpensive. You can buy them in bulk and preserve the extra seeds in a cool dark place for future use. Above are three pictures of one of my pepper plants I brought in for the winter months.

Canned Peppers

The official name of the Cayenne is Capsicum Annuum. Capsicum is the ingredient that creates the hot spice in Mexican and Cajun cuisine.

The Capsicum is very interesting in its use in tropical climates. In South and Central America and in Africa, natives are able to digest Capsicum and it actually acts as a cooling agent to their body. There are some people from Europe and the United States that are unable to tolerate the ingredient.

The Cayenne can grow to three or four feet high, and is considered a leggy plant. The red peppers or small pods are called chilies, and can be used whole in many sauces. This is a main ingredient in Tabasco sauce. I even put the peppers in herb vinegars.

Some varieties of chili peppers are now cultivated all over warmer regions of the world. The chilies are grown commercially in southeastern and southwestern United States. The peppers should be picked when firm and totally ripe.

We have grown this variety and have had great results. The photo on the right shows you a jar of canned peppers I do every year. They also provide a great dried arrangement for your interior space. Herbee and I hang them upside down in a cool, dark environment for drying.

Ground chilies are created by grinding the whole chilies, and are used in many different sauces. They're also used in some curry and chili powders. When using the whole chilies, or if you grind them, be aware of the potential potency of this pepper. You may want to wear gloves.

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There are also great medicinal benefits to digesting the pepper. Some of the findings show it could aid in preventing strokes and blood clots. It may burn away of body fat, bring down sugar levels, and may even lower your level of cholesterol.

Make sure you talk with your doctor or do research on your own chemical make up. This is very important before you ingest these peppers for taste or medicinal purposes. To get the basics on growing herbs from seeds, follow the link below.

The cayenne pepper is not only a great addition to any spicy dish, it also provides a great look as an ornamental plant in a garden or decorative planter.

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