The Cubanelle is considered a sweet pepper, although its heat can range from mild to very moderate. It is not a very hot pepper by most standards. The peppers are usually picked before they ripen, when they are light green or a yellow-green color, but when ripe, they turn bright red to orange-red.
The pods grow to 4-6 inches long, 2 inches wide, and are banana-shaped, tapering near the bottom. The skin should be glossy, and the pepper should be smooth and firm.
Cubanelles are also called the Italian Frying Pepper, because they are great in a frying pan with a little olive oil.