Question of the Day: Are banana peppers called pepperoncini?
Quick Answer: No, banana peppers are not called pepperoncini. Pepperoncini are entirely different peppers. It’s easy to see why people get them confused, though. They are similar in size and color.
To tell them apart, remember that banana peppers have smooth skin while pepperoncini tend to be wrinkled. Banana peppers also tend to be more pointed. The most significant difference lies in their taste. Both peppers are slightly sweet and have mild heat, but pepperoncini tend to have a bitter edge, while banana peppers are tangier.