A pimiento or cherry pepper is a variety of large, red, heart-shaped chili pepper (Capsicum annuum) that measures 3 to 4 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide (medium, elongate). Usually consumed fresh or preserved.
The flesh of the pimiento is sweet, succulent, and more aromatic than that of the red bell pepper. Some varieties of the pimiento type are hot, including the Floral Gem and Santa Fe Grande varieties. The pimiento has one of the lowest Scoville scale ratings of any chili pepper.
Dried powdered Pimento is used to manufacture Spanish Pimenton, which is also smoked, used in paella, and other dishes.