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16 November 2021

Cascabella peppers are hot wax-type peppers about 2 inches in length with a canonical shape, fruity flavor, and heat similar to a jalapeno. Learn more about them.

Scoville Heat Units: 1,500 – 6,000 SHU
Capsicum Annuum

What are Cascabella Peppers?

Cascabella peppers are hot wax-type pods with a conical shape that taper to a point. They can grow to 2 inches in length. These thick walled peppers mature in color from yellow to orange, then red when fully ripe. They are similar to the Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper, with a tighter heat range, and sometimes confused for the Banana Pepper.

Most cascabellas are consumed when they are yellow, and often pickled. You’ll often find them in homemade hot sauces and salsas.

A bowl full of pickled Cascabella Peppers

The Flavor of Cascabella Peppers

The flavor profile of Cascabella peppers is fruity with a hint of sweetness, with a subtle aroma and flavor, similar to sweeter bell peppers with some spicy heat.

Cascabella Pepper Scoville Heat Units

The cascabella pepper heat ranges from 1,500 to 6,000 Scoville Units on the Scoville Scale. This makes the hottest cascabella roughly equivalent to an average jalapeno pepper in heat.

Spicy Cascabella Peppers in a bowl

Cascabella Peppers Vs. Cascabel Peppers

Despite having a similar name, these two peppers are not much alike. Cascabella peppers should not be confused with cascabel peppers, which are dried pods famous for their “rattle” and “bell” sounds when shaken. The color is deep brown with smoky, nutty flavors.

Cascabellas, on the other hand, are fresh pods with a sweet and somewhat spicy flavor.

Cascabella Pepper Uses

Because of this pepper’s heat, it is often used in cooking to add a spicy kick to dishes. Many gourmet chefs use them to jazz up their meals because the slight spiciness can enhance the flavor of many foods without adding too much salt.

When cooking with these peppers, keep in mind that they are somewhat hot chili peppers. You may want to wear gloves if you don’t like the way they make your hands feel after handling them and remember not to touch your eyes or face afterwards. They’re small enough to be used as a garnish for some dishes without adding much spiciness.

Cascabella Peppers in a bowl

Cascabella peppers are also great for pickling or preserving as fresh ingredients, much like sport peppers. They’re often used in making hot sauces and salsas, so a jar of cascabella salsa can add a spicy flavor to any dish without the need for additional spices.