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20 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 0-1,000 SHU

Capsicum Annuum

The Cubanelle is considered a sweet pepper, although its heat can range from mild to very moderate. Cubanelles are usually picked before they ripen, while they are a yellowish-green color, but when ripe, they turn bright red.

They are usually about 4-6 inches long, 2 inches wide, and banana-shaped, tapering near the bottom. The skin should be glossy, and the pepper should be smooth and firm.

Cubanelles are also called the Italian Frying Pepper, because they are great in a frying pan with a little olive oil.

Common uses for Cubanelles include salads, casseroles, or a yellow mole sauce. They are great on subs or pizza as well, and they can be stuffed with your favorite delicious filling.

You’ll find Cubanelle peppers used in cooking and recipes throughout Central America, including Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as it is a favorite in those areas.

How Hot is the Cubanelle Pepper?

The Cubanelle chili pepper is quite mild, measuring in at 0 – 1,000 Scoville Heat Units, which is quite a bit milder than a typical jalapeno pepper. Still, you may notice a twinge of heat, depending on your heat preference and tolerance.

Cubanelle Chili Peppers from My Garden
Cubanelle Chili Peppers from My Garden

The Taste of Cubanelle Peppers and Cooking The Cubanelle

Cubanelle peppers are slightly sweet and crunchier than a typical bell pepper, and are quite vibrant. Consider them for pan frying and dashing them with a bit of salt for a quick snack. They do have thinner walls, which makes them good for stuffing and either grilling or baking, as the thinner walls do not require a long cook time.

What Are Substitutes for Cubanelle Peppers?

The following peppers make for a good substitution for Cubanelle peppers:

Are Cubanelle Peppers and Banana Peppers the Same Pepper?

No, the Cubanelle pepper is a completely different pepper from the banana pepper. However, they do look quite similar and have similar flavor and heat, so you can usually substitute them for each other in many different recipes. Cubanelles are sweeter by comparison, however.

Cubanelle Pepper Recipes

Here are some recipes that include the Cubanelle Pepper:


  1. David…canning? Do you keep whole, rings, ??? Do you use a dill or other recipe? I canned some whole with a pickling dill recipe, then water bath. But not sure this is the correct way to can these peppers.


  2. This was the first year that I planted these in Missouri and only put in two plants but so far I have canned 28 pints and the jars are packed tight. I will probably put in 6 pants next year because they are great peppers to eat, not hot at all but with great flavor.

    REPLY: Great! Yes, I love these peppers. Growing them again myself this year. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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