Also widely known as the Calabrian pepper, Small Red Cherry, or Devil’s Kiss, this is a special Italian heirloom pepper that is used for a variety of culinary uses. The Peperone Picante Calabrese translate to “spicy pepper of Calabria,” which serves the name spicy pepper as it has a heat level of 25,000-40,000 SHUs! The pepper is small, round, bulbous, hot pepper that grows to at least 2 inches in diameter. They mature to a bright, glossy red color with moderate heat, but we have a trick for you. They will develop the best spice and smoky, fruity notes when left to age on the vine, and picked when they start to show a slightly wrinkled exterior.
This is a popular culinary pepper in Southern Italy, and we can understand why! This is delicious on anything, and we cannot get enough of it! We recommend that you eat it fresh or dried, to use for stuffing with meats and cheese, and to sauté for topping burgers, pizzas, and steaks.
Fun Fact: The Piccante Calabrese pepper will lose its heat level, about 60%, once you cook them!