Italian Sweet Pepper

Italian Sweet Pepper


Scientific Classification

Capsicum annuum

Heat rating in Scovilles:

0 – 100

Long and conical in shape, the Italian Sweet Pepper is a popular variety of chile pepper commonly used in Italian cooking. Often referred to as a frying pepper, it is frequently sautéed in olive oil and added to a variety of foods such as pasta, meats, pizza, or salad greens.

Generally, this Italian pepper is harvested when it reaches 6 to 8 inches in length and may be still be young and green colored or it may be allowed to mature to a bright red colored pepper. The Italian Sweet Pepper may also be referred to as an Italian Sweet Relleno Pepper or a Sweet Italian Frying Pepper.

The Italian Sweet Pepper has a medium thick flesh that provides a slightly sweet flavor. It addition to being sautéed, it is often roasted, filled with stuffings, served fresh in salads or as a snack.

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