Banana Pepper Pop Quiz! Test Your Knowledge

How well do you know the popular banana pepper?

Our ten-question banana pepper pop quiz puts your knowledge to the test, covering everything from its heat, to its flavor, and beyond.

Want to study up? All of the answers to the questions below can be found in PepperScale posts. A good place to start is our banana pepper profile. We also provide you the right answers (with insight) right in the quiz, so it’s an excellent way to learn all about this pepper.

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How hot are banana peppers typically in Scoville heat units?

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Banana peppers are very mild, ranging from no heat to 500 Scoville heat units. That puts it in mild pepper range, well below the heat of a jalapeño pepper (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units.)

Which of these peppers is considered the doppelgänger to the banana pepper?

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Pepperoncini and banana peppers look so much alike they are often confused for each other in stores. They also share similar heat profiles.

What's the most common way to find banana pepper in grocery stores?

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Like the pepperoncini, you’ll typically find banana peppers pickled and available in your local supermarket’s pickle aisle.

Which Capsicum do banana peppers belong to?

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The banana pepper is the same Capsicum as the jalapeño pepper: Annuum.

What do fresh banana peppers (not pickled) taste like?

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There’s a delicious natural sweetness to banana peppers, along with a light tanginess.

Which is hotter, banana peppers or Hungarian wax peppers?

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Hungarian wax peppers take the heat crown between the two, and it’s not particularly close. Banana peppers range from 0 to 500 Scoville heat units while Hungarian wax peppers range from 5,000 to 10,000 SHU. They are as hot (or slightly hotter) than jalapeños.

How long do banana peppers typically grow at maximum?

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Banana peppers typically tap out at 2 to 3 inches long. While they may have a banana-like shape, they certainly don’t grow as large.

True or false: Banana peppers can sometimes take on red hues when they mature.

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Most banana peppers age to a yellowish-green (like banana colors), but some can take on orangish and red hues as they mature.

Put these 4 peppers in order of maximum spiciness: Banana, Hungarian Wax, Jalapeño, Poblano, Pepperoncini.

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The banana (0 to 500 SHU) and pepperoncini (100 to 500 SHU) are close in heat, but both mild. Poblano is another mild pepper (1,000 to 1,500 SHU). Jalapeño (2,500 to 8,000 SHU) and Hungarian wax (5,000 to 10,000) round things out.

Where do banana peppers originate?

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The banana pepper originated in South America, while its look-alike (pepperoncini) has European roots (Italy).

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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 24, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on July 29, 2020.