What Do Banana Peppers Taste Like? Are They Hotter Than Jalapenos?

In this article, we'll answer several popular questions on banana peppers. If you've ever asked yourself: "What Do Banana Peppers Taste Like?" or wondered how spicy they are, then you're going to find it helpful...

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What Do Banana Peppers Taste Like?

If you're thinking about trying a banana pepper, you're most likely going to be trying the pickled variety that you'll see in stores and at restaurants. These banana peppers are a combination of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy.

If you're getting them jarred, they aren't overwhelmingly spicy unless you're specifically buying hot banana peppers.

It sort of tastes like a pickled pepper. But then again, it IS a pickled pepper!

They also keep a crunchy texture, similar to a fresh pepper even after being pickled. This makes them great for adding flavor and texture to salads and sandwiches.

Fresh banana peppers are mildly spicy, sweet, and tangy and can be prepared just like bell peppers. But be careful - there are sweet and spicy varieties and the spicy ones can be pretty intense.

Are Banana Peppers Hotter Than Jalapeno?

The answer depends on which type of banana pepper, as there are two different varieties: sweet banana peppers and hot banana peppers.

Sweet banana peppers won't be hotter than jalapenos, but a hot banana pepper might. 

You see, the Scoville rating on a hot banana pepper ranges from 5,000 to 10,000 and a jalapeno ranges from 2,500 to 8,000. So, depending on the individual pepper, you may get something more or less spicy than a jalapeno.

Again, if you're buying the jarred variety they won't be spicy unless they're marked that way.

In the video above, you can see an entire jar of banana peppers being eaten without any sign of them being spicy.

Are Sweet Banana Peppers Spicy?

Sweet banana peppers aren't actually that spicy as they only hit a 0-500 on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. As for the 0, some banana peppers don't have any spiciness to them at all.

Either way, most people will find sweet banana peppers to be quite tolerable, even if you don't like spicy food. 

Personally, I find that they taste more tangy than spicy. Not offensive at all.

Why Are Banana Peppers Called That?

Banana peppers get their name because of their color and shape. They usually grow around 2 or 3 inches long and develop a curved shape similar to a short banana. 

And of course, they're yellow just like the starchy fruit which they're named after.

Wrap Up

Now that you've learned all about banana peppers, what are you waiting for?

Go give one a try on your next salad or sandwich.

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