cayenne pepper vs. paprika : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Does anyone know if cayenne pepper is the same as paprika or red pepper. The recipe that I have requires cayenne pepper. I have had no success in finding cayenne pepper, so I thought maybe there was no difference between the cayenne or red pepper. I would appreciate an answer and thank you.


-- Anna Mae Ellis (, December 24, 1999


There is a difference, Anna. Cayenne pepper is hot, paprika is mild.

-- Old Git (, December 24, 1999.

All the dollars stores have a spice section. They all carry Cayenne pepper.

-- ... (, December 24, 1999.

Red pepper and cayenne pepper are interchangeable for all practical purposes. To a limited degree even paprika and red pepper are interchangeable but paprika as is generally encountered in the U.S. is mild and sweet whereas red pepper is pretty hot.

Red pepper, cayenne pepper and all other peppers other than bell peppers can vary radically in their apparent heat between brands or even in the same brand from year to year. If you're sensitive to it, try a bit before measuring it into a recipe. You may need to adjust the amount.


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-- A.T. Hagan (, December 24, 1999.

Old Git:

"There is a difference, Anna. Cayenne pepper is hot, paprika is mild."

That is generally correct. I grow my own "paprika" peppers. One variety is mild; the other has some bite. I grow 4 kinds of Cayenne. There is a large range in how hot they are [of course, it depends on the weather]. The drought & heat this year made some hot puppies. Going to the store; well that is a crap-shoot. In my experience, the comments above are correct.

Best wishes,,,,,

-- Z1X4Y7 (, December 25, 1999.

Paprika is more of a garnish than a spice, IMO.

-- Ed U. (, December 30, 1999.

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