Cowhorn Pepper Seeds
If you’re looking for a pepper that’s big on size but moderate on heat, the Cowhorn pepper may be of interest. This unique chili is named for its resemblance to a cow’s horn, curving elegantly as it grows. Originating from South America, the Cowhorn pepper has become a favorite among gardeners and chefs alike for its large yields and family-friendly heat level.
Commonly referred to as a Cowhorn Cayenne, in part due to the appearance – coming off as a huge thick cayenne. Heat-wise, this pepper is nowhere near a cayenne. At almost 1/10th of the heat of a cayenne, the Cowhorn will not overwhelm anyone.
Flavor and Heat:
The Cowhorn pepper offers a delightful blend of sweet and spicy flavors. With a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) range of 2,500 to 5,000, it’s comparable to a mild Jalapeño. Being so mild, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruity and sweet flavor of the Cowhorn pepper without taste blinding heat. If you’ve enjoyed the heat levels of peppers like the Kalugeritsa or the Leutschauer Paprika, the Cowhorn pepper will fit right into your spice range.
Cowhorn pepper plants are very easy to grow, in comparison to other peppers. The plants reach heights of 24-48 inches at maturity. They thrive in full sun and are known for their large yields. The peppers themselves can grow up to 10 inches long, dwarfing other family members like the Jalapeño and Cayenne.
The Cowhorn pepper has a number of functions in the kitchen. Its thick walls make it excellent for frying, and its medium heat and smoother, sweeter taste translate very well into hot sauces and barbecue sauces. While it’s not ideal for stuffing due to its tapering shape, it’s a fantastic choice for pickling and marinades.
Whether you’re hosting a football get-together or planning a family barbecue, the Cowhorn pepper is a versatile choice. Its moderate heat level makes it family-friendly, and its large size means you’ll have plenty to go around.