If you love spicy foods, you’re probably familiar with the cayenne pepper. It can be eaten fresh or dried, and its flavor goes with many different cuisines. Some people even make a health tonic with apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and lemon juice to boost immunity.  

Why is it beneficial?

Cayenne peppers are a great source of vitamin A and can help digestion because it supports enzyme production. The capsaicin in cayenne peppers prevents blood clots by stimulating  circulation. These peppers are also an anti-irritant which can help things like ulcers, upset stomachs, and even diarrhea. Eating cayenne on a regular basis allows you to reap these benefits. 

How long will it keep?cayenne peppers

Fresh cayenne peppers can last a few days, or you can dry or can your peppers to make them last longer. Here’s how to dry them, and here’s how to can them. 

How can I prepare them?

Always wash your peppers before using to get all the dirt off. Whether you eat them fresh or dried, here’s a few ideas:

  • If you have fresh peppers, blend them in a salsa or add them  to stir fries for extra heat. 
  • If you dry your peppers whole, crush them and add to pizza or salad dressing. 
  • You can even make your own hot sauce with this recipe using fresh cayenne peppers. 


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