AAS WINNER. Compact banana pepper is a high-yielding X3R variety that produces colorful, tasty peppers that are great fresh and also perfect for canning or pickling. Sweet banana peppers start out light yellow, then turn orange and finally red when mature. Average size is 7½ inches long and 1½ inches wide. Even though plants are compact, they produce early, often, and late into the season. 85 days.