A bright red, extremely hot, pungent chile that ranges from 2 to 5 inches long and about ½ inch in diameter. Cayennes are generally sold dried and used in soups and sauces. The majority of these chiles are used to make cayenne pepper.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.