Botanical Name: Capsicum Annuum Plant Family: Solanaceae Origins: India
The Aztecs called cayenne (Capsicum Annuum) Chili. It has been used by native cultures of the Americas for over 9000 years. It is used in many types of cuisines, and the powder itself is also sometimes encapsulated. Used to add “heat” to many dishes, it is rated at about 90,000-100,000 heat on the Scoville scale. It is best stored in a refrigerator if keeping long-term.