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23 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 5,000-15,000 SHU

Capsicum Annuum

What is the Hungarian Wax Pepper?

The Hungarian Wax Pepper, as its name suggests, originated in Hungary. Also known as the Hot Wax Pepper, it is easily confused with the similar-looking banana pepper, but it is much hotter.

The Hungarian Wax is harvested before complete maturity, while it is still yellow, and about 8 inches long and 2 inches thick. If left to mature fully, these peppers could grow larger and would turn red, and their heat level would increase considerably.

What are Hungarian Wax Peppers Like?

The skin of these peppers is waxy and even crunchy, but completely edible. They have a thick flesh.

The sweet, hot flavor of these peppers is very popular in mole sauces, and other traditional Latin dishes, soups and salads. They may be found pickled or sold fresh at stores or markets.

I personally enjoy pickling Hungarian Was Peppers and using them for a bit of a crunchy addition to salads or other meals. Toss some directly on the grill and roast them up.

I also like to leave them on the plants to ripen to red and then pick them. Here’s a photo of some ripe Hungarian Wax Peppers picked from the garden recently.

Hungarian Wax Chili Peppers

Where Can You Buy Hungarian Wax Peppers?

Check out our Chili Pepper Seed Resources page, or you can purchase seeds from Amazon – 30+ Organic Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax Pepper Seeds.


    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Debra, banana peppers are fairly similar, but with lower heat than the Hungarian Wax. You can try those. Toss in a serrano pepper to bring up the heat if you’d like.

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