Information submited: May 31, 2015 Modified: May 30, 2018 By: OperaDreamhouse
Crushed Red Pepper or Red Pepper Flakes (RPF) is a condiment consisting of dried and crushed (as opposed to ground) Red Chili Peppers.
The condiment is made from hot dried Red Peppers and is not made of one type of Chili, but from various combinations of Ancho,Bbell, Cayenne and other dried Red Peppers.
Often there is a high ratio of seeds, which some people believe intensifies the heat of this flavorful condiment, whereas the heat actually comes from the vein of the Pepper pith (off of which the seeds grow).
Pepper hotness is measured by Scoville units - the higher the Scoville unit, the hotter the Pepper. For example, a Sweet Bell Pepper has zero Scoville units whereas the mighty Habanero Pepper ranges from 100,000 to 350,000. The hottest Pepper on the scale is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch at 1,463,700.
The flavor lasts a bit longer if they are kept refrigerated or kept in a cool dark cabinet away from the heat of the stove and feel that works just fine.