Cubanelle, a mild yet flavorful Italian frying pepper. Perfect for sautéing, stuffing, or eating raw, it’s a versatile choice for any garden.


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Cubanelle Pepper Seeds

Also known as Italian frying peppers, Cubanelles are a staple in many kitchens, not just in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine. These peppers are mild, with a Scoville rating that’s way below the Jalapeño, but they offer a unique flavor that sets them apart from other mild peppers like the Banana or Anaheim. The pepper is rated at around only 500 SHU. If you’re looking to diversify your pepper garden, especially here in SW Ohio, cubanelle seeds are a must-have.

So, what sets the Cubanelle apart from other peppers? First, its texture. It has a thin skin and a slightly wrinkled appearance, which allows it to absorb flavors well. This makes it ideal for stuffing, a cooking method that’s popular in Italian cuisine. You can stuff them with anything from cheese and herbs to meat and rice. They’re also commonly used in stir-fries and casseroles.

Their mild heat and distinct flavor make them a suitable substitute for hotter peppers like the Serrano or Cayenne if you’re looking to dial down the heat in a dish.

Another point to consider is the Cubanelle’s versatility. It’s not just for frying or stuffing; you can grill it, roast it, or even pickle it. Its mild heat makes it a popular choice for dishes that usually feature more common peppers like the Bell or Banana, adding a touch of unique flavor that’s hard to beat. And let’s not forget its role in Italian cuisine, where it’s often sautéed with onions, garlic, and tomatoes to create a flavorful peperonata.

Can You Eat Cubanelle Peppers Raw?
Yes, you can absolutely eat Cubanelles raw. They’re excellent in salads and salsas, offering a crisp, slightly sweet bite. However, these peppers truly shine when cooked, which is why they’re often referred to as Italian frying peppers. A quick sauté enhances their natural sweetness, making them a perfect addition to a variety of dishes.  When sautéed green, the cubanelle seeds are still immature so the whole pepper is easy eating!

Growing Cubanelle Seeds:

Now, let’s talk about cubanelle seeds. These peppers are well-suited for growing in various climates, including the temperate conditions we experience in SW Ohio and Cincinnati. Cubanelle seeds are readily available at Ohio Peppers, and once you’ve got your seeds, growing them is pretty straightforward. Unlike more finicky varieties like the Ghost or Habanero, Cubanelles are relatively low-maintenance, making them a good choice for both novice and seasoned gardeners.



Commonly eaten when unripe/green, Red




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