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Also Known As : Pimiento, cherry pepper
Technical Name : Capsicum annum


Taste Profile

They have a sweet flavor, with a mild heat.

Usage Tips

  1. Pimento can be stuffed with rice or cheese and served as an appetizer.
  2. It can be used as an ingredient in sauces and curries, as a powder or paste.
  3. It can be used as a key ingredient to prepare pimento cheese.
  4. It can be stuffed into Spanish or Greek green olives in Mediterranean cuisine.

Common names and forms

  1. Cherry Peppers
  2. Pimentos
  3. Val Chilli (Pimento)


Pimento is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper, a cultivar of Capsicum annuum. It is native to southern North America and northern South America. It is around 2 to 3 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches long. It is green in color while young and turns to bright red as soon as it matures. The pepper has thin papery skin that covers thick, juicy flesh. It is slightly similar to the bell pepper, but are sweet, succulent, and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper. Pimento pepper is harvested late summer to early fall. It can be used fresh or pickled. It can be dried and ground to powder, used as a part of curry powders.

Health benefits

  • Pimento contains a considerable amount of vitamin C that are linked with diminished chances of cancers of the lungs, colon, vocal cords, throat, mouth, stomach, and esophagus. (1)
  • Being rich in iron, pimento can help to alleviate restless leg syndrome (RLS) (a neurologic movement ailment that produces an urge to move the legs frequently). (1)
  • It contains vitamin A that helps in wound healing and skin re-growth. It can help to fight acne and improve complete skin health.
  • It contains vitamin B6 that helps to slow the onset of certain eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. (1)
  • Pimento pepper provides minerals like copper that is essential for normal growth and health. It is also beneficial in the protection of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. (1)
  • It contains vitamin B2 that helps in the synthesis of red blood cells. Vitamin B2 also helps in better absorption of iron in the body, protecting against anemia. (1)
  • It is a good source of vitamin E that helps people with Alzheimer’s disease. It helps to slow down the deteriorating of memory loss. (1)
  • It contains sufficient amount of manganese that helps in managing blood sugar level in the body. Manganese can help to normalize insulin synthesis and secretion, which can control unpredictable drops in blood sugar. (1)

Selection Guide

Pimento is available fresh, canned, frozen dried and pickled.

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