In almost infinite variety, chili peppers are essential in the cuisines of many cultures. Their growing popularity makes them familiar ingredients to most people. They differ in flavor and in the heat they impart to food. Try several, use very sparingly at first, and enjoy.

Crushed red pepper (or “red pepper flakes”) is a condiment or spice consisting of dried and crushed (as opposed to ground) red chili peppers. This spice or condiment is most often produced from cayenne-type peppers, and they are most often within the 30,000–50,000 Scoville unit range. Seeds are a high ratio of the content and the seeds are popularly believed to contain the most spice. Crushed red pepper is used in so many different arenas, from atop your Italian dishes or pizza for more “zing”, in pickling blends, soups and chowders, spaghetti and pizza sauce, sausage, casseroles, etc.