Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sweet Red Peppers, Eat 'Em Like Apples

Red peppers are in season and we have been eating them like apples. They're very portable! Our Farmers' Market has a breed that is shaped like a cone--really fun to eat--they're Italian and called "Carmen" peppers.

Peppers are among the most nutritious of foods, but be sure to buy organic. Peppers top the list of veggies containing the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. Bell peppers have a capsaisin eliminating recessive gene, so they're not hot like their chili pepper relatives. Often called a "superfood," peppers contain Beta carotene, Vitamin C, (powerful antioxidants that reduce free radicals), B6, Folate, fiber and the hard-to-get Lycopene. All this is great for anti-aging, cancer prevention, asthma, immune function, eyesight, arthritis and more.

Look for firm bright organic peppers. Any color is fine, they're all packed with nutrition. We prefer red and yellow. They have a crisp clean wonderful texture we love. Put them in salads, curries, and enjoy them sliced or whole, all by themselves.


Anonymous said...

I have a hard time cooking red and yellow peppers. I just want a big stack and maybe some hummus on the side. Maybe we'll get some in our CSA one of these days.

Eco Mama said...

Thanks for visiting cornfieldsandcookies. I love peppers with hummus too, great match.
Eco Mama