Know your Cherry Pepper

  • The cherry pepper—also called the pimiento pepper—gained its name from its size and appearance, they are heart-shaped and are about 10 cm (4") long and 7cm (3") wide. 

  • Often pickled or brined, its sweet, succulent skin lends a great garnishing touch to salads, pastas and cheese-based dishes. 

  • Like jalapeños, cherry peppers can also be stuffed with cheese and deep-fried. (They’re also the familiar red stuffing found in Spanish green olives.) 

  • Though they’re not very spicy, removing the seeds will significantly reduce the cherry peppers’ temperature even more. 

  • Scoville rating: 100–500