<p>Red pepper is made from the ground fruit of a plant in the Capsicum family. </p><p>The fruits, commonly known as <a href=”../healthy-foods/chili-peppers”>”chilies” or “chili peppers”</a>, are small, fiery red or orange pods which rarely grow to more than 4 inches in length. The ground spice ranges from orange-red, to deep, dark red. </p><p>Red pepper is used to achieve the characteristically hot flavor of Mexican, Creole, Cajun, Thai, Szechuan, and Indian cooking. </p><p>Red pepper contains <a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/capsaicin”>capsaicin</a> – the phytonutrient responsible for producing their heat. This spice also help to reduce <a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/inflammation”>inflammation</a> in the body, causes the brain to release feel-good substances called endorphins and helps to <a href=”../health-articles/chili-peppers-burn-fat-with-spice”>boost weight loss efforts</a>. </p>
Selecting and Storing Red Pepper
Store red pepper in a cool, dry place.