The cayenne pepper is a type of Capsicum annum pepper. It is usually a moderately hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. Cayenne or bird pepper as it is known in Jamaica is a staple spice and medicine for people the world over. Most varieties are generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units. The fruits are generally dried and ground to make the powdered spice of the same name.
Cayenne may be used as a condiment and has been used in traditional medicine to treat colds and flu.