Cayenne pepper takes its name from its supposed place of origin, the Cayenne region of French Guiana. It is hot, pungent and biting, but not as powerful as the hotter chilis. Cayenne pepper can be used as a spice in cooking and as a condiment at table, generally with seafoods. It may be sprinkled over soups and hors d’oeuvres. Cayenne can be eaten with eggs and egg dishes such as omelettes and soufflés. It is also good with roasted, grilled, fried, or stewed meats. It adds spiciness to stews, casseroles and sauces, especially cheese, barbecue and shellfish sauces.