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Pimentos – Everything You Need to Know

Pimentos are a type of pepper that is commonly used in cooking, especially as a topping for salads, sandwiches, and other dishes. While most people know pimentos as the red peppers found in canned olives, they actually have a wide variety of uses. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about these delicious peppers.

Where Do Pimentos Come From?

Native to the New World tropics, specifically Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Grown in Spain and Portugal, but these varieties tend to be less flavorful than their tropical cousins. The pimento tree is an evergreen shrub with white flowers and small red fruits. The fruits harvested when they reach full maturity, then dried and ground into powder or paste.

What Is the Nutritional Value?

High in vitamin C and dietary fiber; they also contain several important minerals such as iron and potassium. In addition, they are low in calories (only 40 calories per 100g) and fat-free. For those trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight, pimentos make an excellent addition to any diet plan!

How Are They Used In Cooking?

Pimentos prepared either fresh or canned. Fresh pimentos cooked whole or chopped up for use in salads or sandwiches; alternatively, you can use them to make sauces or salsas. Canned pimentos used in sauces or salsas; however, they may not have the same flavor as fresh pimentos due to added preservatives. Both fresh as well canned varieties of pimento used as a garnish on appetizers such as crackers with cheese spread or deviled eggs.


Overall, an incredibly versatile ingredient that can add flavor and nutrition to many dishes! Whether you’re looking for something new to add to your cooking repertoire or just want something unique for your next meal, consider adding some pimento peppers into the mix!

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