Pick a Perfect Pepper

Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers come in many colours from green, yellow, red, orange, purple, brown to black. This fruit, commonly referred to as a vegetable, is part of the Nightshade family along with potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants and originated in South America
as far back as 5000BC. They were carried through the world by Portuguese and Spanish explorers who traveled throughout the New World and are now popular in many global cuisines.
Bell peppers are plump and bell shaped with three or four lobes. Green and purple peppers have a slightly bitter fl avour, while the red, orange and yellows are sweeter and almost fruity. This fruit has a combination of tangy taste and crunchy texture. Bell peppers have edible, bitter seeds found within their core.

When buying peppers, choose those that have deep vivid colours, taut
skin and that are free of blemishes, darkened areas and soft spots. The stems should be green and fresh looking. Peppers should be heavy for their size and firm enough so that they will gently give to slight pressure. These vegetables can be stored in the vegetable compartment
of the refrigerator for up to one week.
Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene where one cup of
raw, chopped red peppers provides over 100% of the daily value for vitamin C and A.
Here are some fun ways to add bell peppers to your meals.
•Use them to create colourful and exciting meals adding a mixture of different sliced or chopped peppers to your favourite salads, Chinese, Mexican or pasta dishes.
•Use as a colourful garnish on salads and sandwiches.
•Include sliced peppers on your next veggie tray.
•Carve out peppers and stuff them with rice.
•Cut off tops and use them as colourful containers for dips or other edible items.
Sweet peppers can be found locally at both Downtown and Ottawa Street Markets and at
numerous farms throughout the Hamilton region such as Bennett’s Apples & Cider Ltd., Brian Novak Farms, C & W Struyk Farm, Cranston Farms, Dyment’s Farm Market, Farm Fresh Country Market, Frootogo Orchards, Greenwood Farms, Jeff-Dan Farm, Jerome Brothers Farm, Josling Farms, Josmar Acres, Laurennsen’s (P&L) Farm and Greenhouses, Lindley’s
Farm and Market, Manorun Organic Farm, Morden’s Organic Farm, Murphy’s Country Produce, Myers Apple Farm, Oliveira Fruit Farm, Parkside Farms, Plan B Organic Farms, Robinson Farms, Simpler Thyme Organic Farm, Tigchelaar Berry Farm, Vince Alampi
Greenhouse and Farm and Wes’s Place.

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