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20 September 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 100-500 SHU

Also known as Tuscan Peppers, sweet Italian peppers, or golden Greek peppers. Pepperoncinis are sweet and mild in flavor, not very hot although they can vary and be found up to a medium heat level.

They originate in Italy.

A Description of Pepperoncini Peppers

Pepperoncini peppers are thin walled peppers, 2 to 3 inches in length, have wrinkled skin and are usually sold pickled. The skin is a light yellow-green but will turn red as they mature, so you’ll find both green and red pepperoncinis in stores, although green is most common.

Pickled are also most common, although you can use fresh pepperoncini peppers in recipes, such as pizza sauce.

Greek varieties of the pepperoncini are sweeter and less bitter than the Italian varieties.

Where Do Pepperoncini Come From?

Pepperoncini peppers originate from Italy and Greece, though it is commonly known as an Italian chili pepper.

How do you pronounce Pepperoncini?

pep-per-awn-CHEE-nee

How Hot are Pepperoncini Peppers?

On the Scoville Heat Scale, pepperoncinis measure from 100 to 500 Scoville Heat Units, which is quite mild. Bell peppers, with no heat, have ZERO Scoville Heat Units, while the popular jalapeno pepper averages about 5,000 Scoville Heat Units, making pepperoncini peppers roughly 50 times milder than jalapeno peppers.

To put it another way, jalapeno peppers are about 50 times hotter than pepperoncini peppers.

Uses for theĀ Pepperoncini Chili Pepper

Pepperoncini peppers can be used in a variety of meals – anywhere from soups and sauces and salsas to simple garnishes, sandwiches, salads, and more.

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