Made from dried ground cayenne chilies, cayenne pepper is one of the most readily available, easy-to-use sources of capsaicin, a healing substance that gives all peppers their fiery heat. The capsaicin in cayenne has the capacity to soothe a sore throat (even better than lozenges, which can dry tissues, increasing irritation). Cayenne also makes an excellent expectorant: a small taste releases fluids in the mouth, throat, and nasal passages that thin mucus, break up congestion, and flush out irritants, helping to stave off bacterial infections. Used topically in ointments, capsaicin provides significant relief from muscle and joint pain.
Choose It & Use It
Cayenne pepper adds zip to foods ranging from hot cocoa to chili and from peanut brittle to your favorite curry dish. It’s potent, so start small and taste as you goleaning toward mild heatsome foods seasoned with cayenne become spicier over time. Caution: nursing mothers and children under 2 should avoid cayenne.
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Chilean Corn and Un-turkey Chowder
This savory chowder is inspired by pastel de choclo, a Chilean corn and meat pie. Feel free to add leftover vegetables to the soup, or you can even turn it into a pot pie by topping the finished soup with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing, then broiling 2more
Sweet & Spicy Carrot Bisque
This recipe, created by Aylene Lambert, won Best Soup in VT’s 2011 Chef Challenge. Lambert got the idea for this soup while trekking across England with her husband. "We were at this lodge in the middle of nowhere, expecting pretty basic English food," she says. "Instead, they hadmore
Rather than frying this cauliflower dish, Madhu Gadia, author of The Indian Vegan Kitchen, steams and bakes it for a party entrée that’s elegant and healthful.more
Cayenne-Spiced Roasted Nuts
Try this spicy medley as a party snack or trail mix. Feel free to substitute any type of nut.more