Peppers are one of the June foods of the month, and there’s no better time of year to enjoy their yummy flavors. Speaking of flavors, they come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and flavors. Here are some interesting facts about peppers that you may not have known:
- All varieties are a great source of vitamins A and C and other important vitamins and minerals.
- The variety of pepper plant and stage of its ripeness determine the color and flavor of peppers. For example, a red bell pepper is simply a mature green bell pepper, but with a huge boost in vitamins! As a bell pepper ages, its color changes, and its flavor becomes sweeter and milder. When they become red, peppers are considered one of the “super foods,” so choose these!
- Bell papers are available and in good supply all year, but they are more plentiful and less expensive during the summer months.
- Peppers should be firm without any wrinkles, and the stem should be fresh and green.
Try adding peppers to some of your favorite meals this summer for an extra pop of flavor! In case you need some ideas, try these pasta with peppers recipes or this yummy slow cooker vegetarian stuffed green pepper one! Yum!