The Anaheim pepper is a mild, medium-sized chili pepper that grows to 6-10 inches in length. It is often used for cooking and recipes when green, though it can be used when red.
Anaheim pepper grows as a perennial and it can produce peppers over three years or more. It is an erect plant that grows to 1.5 feet (46 cm) tall. It is mild rather than mouth-scorching, and excellent for cooking and stuffing. The Anaheim chili pepper is named for the California city of Anaheim. The peppers originated in New Mexico, where they are still grown in different versions. The Anaheim is a mild variety of the cultivar New Mexico No. 9. Anaheim peppers are often referred to as California peppers, New Mexico peppers, or Magdalena.