“Fresh2U” Nutrition Program for Kids and Parents
Although peppers are native to tropical America, their culture and use were widespread in Europe before they became popular in the United States. Peppers were introduced into Spain in 1493 and were known in Europe by 1585. They were taken to India and southeastern Asia in the 17th century.
When buying peppers, look for firm, vividly colored ones with smooth and shiny skin and without soft spots. Avoid dull or shriveled peppers or any with spots that look like blisters.
Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, and provide some vitamin A and vitamin E. Peppers also provide potassium and dietary fiber.
Rinse peppers just prior to preparation. Cut peppers open and remove the seeds and white tissue. Peppers are damaged easily and should be handled carefully. Typical shelf life is 8 to 10 days.
Florida bell peppers are available from October through July.