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!
Species: Capsicum Annuum
Heat Level: 25,000-40,000 SHUs
Origin: Calabria, Italy
Days to Harvest: 70+ Days
# of Seeds per Packet: 10+ Pepper Seeds
Can’t get enough of Italian peppers, or want to grow more Italian peppers? Check out the Marconi Italian Red Pepper, Italian Pepperoncini, Italian Roaster Pepper, Apocalypse Scorpion Pepper, Genghis Khan Brain Pepper, Skunk Red Pepper, Apocalypse Scorpion Chocolate Pepper, Marconi Golden Pepper, Melrose Pepper, Corno di Toro Red Pepper, Corno di Toro Yellow Pepper, Gator Jigsaw, Neyde Black Ghost Pepper, and Marconi Purple Pepper.
We also have seedlings: Apocalypse Scorpion Pepper Plants and Apocalypse Scorpion Chocolate Pepper Plant.