100 Foods: Bell Peppers

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Bell Peppers

First off… bell peppers are technically a fruit, but are considered a vegetable. I will let you figure out that one. Bell peppers are a member of the chili family; however, they do not contain capsaicin. False conjugations… Bell peppers became bell peppers after the Spaniards brought back pimientos and English speakers called them peppers (somehow not to be confused with peppercorns).

All of the colors of bell peppers grown on the same plant. The various colors are caused by the amount of time they spend on the vine. The varying colors also contain a different variation of minerals and nutrients. The red, being the eldest on the vine, contains the most of all vitamins… as it is with most fruits. They contain lycopene, carotene, Vitamin C (more than an orange if you eat a large red), and Vitamin B6.

Cuisines all over the world use bell peppers. We usually keep at least one bag of frozen, cut peppers in the freezer (either cut by us or from the freezer section depending on the season and freshness of fruit available). The main dishes they end up in for us: fajitas and Thai peanut chicken. They are also amazing plain too!

How do you like them?

~Emme

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