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7 October 2013

SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS: 100,000-125,000 SHU

Similar in appearance to the original cayenne, this variety is twice as hot and appears slightly wider. Maturing to a deep red, the Carolina Cayenne has wrinkled, thin skin.

It is native to Central and South America but was perfected and developed for growing by Clemson University in 1985. Most significantly, they found that it is resistant to root-knot nematode, a pest that can destroy certain plants and crops. Studies suggest it can be used as a rotation crop to reduce root-knot nematode, allowing another crop to be planted in that space following the Carolina Cayenne.

This version of the cayenne is delicious when used in sauces, marinades and salsas, and can be used fresh, dried, pickled, or as a powdered spice. It’s a great addition to many types of dishes and cuisines.

Like the original cayenne, the Carolina Cayenne has many healing benefits. Cayenne pepper has positive effects on circulation, digestion, heart disease, rheumatism, and even the common cold, along with many other health problems.

Learn more about the Health Benefits of Chili Peppers

Try this Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce Recipe or this Homemade Cayenne Powder Recipe.

Learn more about cayenne peppers here.


  1. James H Allison

    I grew some cayenna peppers (which I love when not too hot fresh) I once had a very good variety forgot where I bought the seed can’t find this variety. do you know of a variety (cayanna) spelling may not accurate but close?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      James, I do not, but check my Resources section of the site for finding chili plants and chili seeds. Good luck.

  2. jeffrey grimord

    I bought some peppers from the Korean super Market that look very slimier. I liked them so I saved some seeds to grow. I am growing them now, and so far so good.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent! Let me know how it goes, Jeffrey. Good luck!

  3. Thomas Tran

    This is what I am looking for. The old cayenne is mild for me but it has the taste and the flavour that I love. I will definitely look for the seeds and grow them this summer.

    Thank you.

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