Vegucation: Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper dried

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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Meet the Author


Rachel Howard

Rachel is studying to become a registered dietician at UTC. She believes eating real food is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and loves to teach others about nutrition. Rachel enjoys planning healthy and tasty meals and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. She likes the challenge of trying to make classic family recipes healthier or learning new cooking techniques.