Cayenne pepper has a heat which builds, and at 30,000 to 70,000 it ranks higher up the Scoville Heat Scale. Cayenne Pepper is hotter than jalapeño and milder than habanero.
Cayenne appears in Caribbean, Creole, and Cajun cuisine. It complements shellfish and is an amazing addition to the filling for a Lancashire cheese and onion pie.
Cayenne pepper not only offers heat but also subtly enhances other flavors, which helped make it popular in early American cooking. It's a key ingredient for Eggs Benedict or a Bloody Mary. It’s a popular taco seasoning and is even used in desserts. This pepper adds zip to any dish, and when a recipe calls for chile pepper heat, this is the pepper you want.