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Pimiento (also known as a Pimento) is a sweeter, smaller red pepper, native to South America, that is akin to a Bell Pepper but packing a tastier punch.


Pimientos are available year round.


Pimientos, which can be raised very much like a Bell Pepper, are grown commercially mostly in Spain, Hungary, and the Middle East. The mature Pimentos are either used fresh, canned or dried.

Culinary Uses

Fresh Pimientos are most often “skinned” by Roasting them over a flame until the skins char and are easy to slide or pick off. The process is very similar to Smart Kitchen’s exercise on Fire Roasting a Bell Pepper.

In the U.S. we are most likely to find fresh or canned Pimiento in a stuffed olive in a Martini or in the Southern specialty, Pimento Cheese but those are just the opening shots. Pimentos can be used in SaladsBound SaladsStuffingsGround Meat, Dips and just about anything your mind can imagine. Canned Pimentos should be used as one would use the fresh Pimento, except they will not be as lively as the fresh Pimento.

Dried Pimientos are typically ground. Ground Pimiento goes by the familiar name “Paprika,” and is a hallmark of Hungarian and Spanish cuisine. Dried Pimiento, or Paprika, can add a pungent flavor and red color to Meat dishes, Stews, Vegetables, or just about any dish.

Smoked and dried Pimientos are the basis for Pimenton, the Spanish smoked pepper seasoning that enlivens good Sofrito and by extension traditional Paella. 

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Pimiento per person.

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 31
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 4mg
Potassium 211mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Pimientos have a negligible amount of calories (15 per 1 Pimiento), no cholesterol and almost no Fat, (0.2g  per Pepper) but they are very high in Vitamin A (with 35% of the daily requirement) and Vitamin C (93% of the daily requirement). They also contain some Potassium and some Iron.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie