Bell peppers belong to the chili pepper family, but are mild in flavor. They come in a rainbow of colors including red, yellow, green, orange, brown, white, and purple.
Why is it good for my body?Bell peppers are low in calories and high in nutrition. One cup gives you more than your daily quota of vitamins A and C. Red bell peppers have the highest concentration of vitamin C, while all peppers contain capsaicin which can reduce bad cholesterol, control diabetes, and reduce inflammation. Bell peppers are also a good source of vitamins E and B6.
Where does it come from?Bell peppers are native to Central and South America. They are the fruits of certain plants from the nightshade family which also includes chili peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant.
How do I store and handle it?Bell peppers should be firm when you buy them. They should be stored in the refrigerator, unwashed in a plastic bag. They do need to be kept dry. If you have an abundance of peppers, they can be frozen. Slice or chop them, spread on a cookie sheet in an even layer to freeze, then transfer frozen peppers to a freezer bag or airtight container.
What are ways to eat it?Bell peppers make a wonderful raw snack, alone or dipped in hummus. They also make great additions to any salad. Bell peppers can be roasted, sauteed, stir fried, or stuffed. They are staples in many different ethnic cuisines and are used in soups, curries, and stews.