PEPPER Pepperoncini 4″sq
Pepperoncini peppers originate in Italy and Greece, though their popularity has spread throughout the world. They are very popular in the United States, where they are also known as Tuscan Peppers, sweet Italian peppers, or golden Greek peppers._x000D_
The peppers are sweet and mild in flavor, not very hot, although they can vary and be found up to a medium heat level. You’ve most likely encountered a pickled pepperoncini in an Italian antipaso platter, Italian salad, or served up on a pizza or sub sandwich somewhere. They are most often found pickled. You can purchase the peppers in jars, pickled, where they last quite some time, offering up their sweetened, tangy flavor. A DESCRIPTION OF PEPPERONCINI PEPPERS_x000D_
Pepperoncinis 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 peppers in recipes, such as pizza sauce. CULINARY USES FOR THE 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. You can eat the peppers raw, though the pickled variety is by far the most popular and used. It is a wonderful pickling pepper with amazing tastes, used to add some zing to my favorite meals. They are easily enjoyed straight from the jar, offering up their tangy delight with a touch of heat, making for a great low-calorie snack. There are two primary types of pepperoncini peppers – Greek and Italian. The Greek variety are shorter, somewhat sweeter and less bitter than the Italian variety, which grow a bit longer. They do, however, offer up a similar mild heat. These peppers are often confused for pickled Banana Peppers, but they are not the same. WHERE DO PEPPERONCINIS COME FROM? The Pepperoncini originates from Italy and Greece, though it is commonly known as an Italian chili pepper. As it is a common pepper in those regions and beyond, it is known by many names. We call it the pepperoncini in the United States, though name variations are “peperoncini” (one less p in the spelling) or “peperone” by the Italians, which is a more generic name for a general pepper. It also known as Friggitello in Italy. In the U.S., we often refer to them as the Tuscan Pepper, sweet Italian pepper, or golden Greek pepper. As you can see, it is quite a popular pepper. HOW HOT ARE PEPPERONCINI PEPPERS? On the Scoville Heat Scale, the hot peppers 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 these peppers roughly 50 times milder than jalapeno peppers. To put it another way, jalapeno peppers are about 50 times hotter than pepperoncini peppers.