If I could plant our entire back yard in bell peppers, I still don’t think Frog Prince & I could grow enough to last us through the year.
We LOVE bell peppers. Red, Green, Orange, Purple, Chocolate, Yellow – you name the color, we love them.
Bell Peppers are very nutritious too --
- Red bell peppers have high lycopene (on par with tomatoes!)
- Peppers are high in Vitamin C
- Red and Orange peppers have high levels of carotene
- Peppers have great levels of antioxidants
Botanically, bell peppers are in the same family as potatoes, eggplant & tomatoes. Bell peppers are not “hot” peppers, but are more bitter (green & purple) or sweet (yellow, orange & red) because these veggies contain very low levels of capsaisin – the heat-inducing chemical found in hot or chili peppers.
When choosing a bell pepper, pick one that is heavy for it’s size, longer than it is wide, has deep color and firm skin. Of course, if organic are available, choose these as bell peppers made the dirty dozen again this year.