The cayenne pepper is a type of Capsicum annuum. It is a moderately hot chili pepper used to flavor dishes. Cayenne peppers are a group of long, tapering, 10 to 25cm long. They are generally skinny, mostly red colored peppers, often with a curved tip and somewhat rippled skin, which hangs from the bush as opposed to growing upright. The fruits are generally dried and ground to make the powdered spice, containing cayenne peppers. Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes either as a powder or in its whole form. It is also used as an herbal supplement to support a healthy lifestyle.