The Kung Pao pepper has an outstanding combination of flavor and spice, and is commonly used in Asian, Thai, and Sichuan cuisine – as it’s an excellent less spicy alternative to Thai and Cayenne peppers. Kung Pao peppers have a medium heat level as they average about 7,000 to 12,000 Scoville Heat Units. The pepper’s flavor is described as earthy and slightly smoky, and its heat level adds a fiery but not overbearing kick. They look very similar to Cayenne peppers and grow to be about four to six inches in length, maturing from green to red. Kung Pao peppers are long, slim, and have very thin walls, making them excellent for drying.