info: Sweet peppers, also know as bell peppers, are the fruit of the pepper (capsicum) plant. They come in a wide variety of colors and have a mild, sweet flavor and a crisp, fresh texture. An excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C.
varieties we grow: Ace, Biscayne, Carmen Cubanelle, Fat ‘n Sassy, Gourmet, Islander, Italia, Lipstick, Red Knight, and Yankee Bell.
storage: Store in refrigerator crisper drawer for up to a week.
preparation: Wash peppers well in cold water. Trim stems & tops. Slice in half lengthwise & remove the seeds. Chop to desired size/consistency.
from Pepper: History
The pepper, native to the tropics of Central and South America, has probably been cultivated for thousands of years. Archaeologists exploring prehistoric caves in Peru have found the remains of pepper seeds.
South America, Spain, England and the Caribbean all played roles in the introduction of the pepper to North America. Columbus explored the seas in search of a better trade route to the Indies. Dangerous, lengthy overland journeys made spices an expensive commodity for Europeans. When Columbus reached the Caribbean, he tasted a vegetable being grown by the Indians. Its sharp taste reminded him of the familiar black pepper from the East Indies and so he called this vegetable “pepper,” as we do to this day. However, Columbus was incorrect as the newly found vegetable was not the pepper of “salt and pepper” (Piper nigrum) but an entirely different genus, Capsicum.
He brought peppers back to Spain where they were considered an appealing alternative to the more traditional spice. The instant popularity of the vegetable is apparent from the comment of Peter Martyr, writing in 1493 that “…in the New World can be found plants hotter than pepper of Caucasus.” (He was referring to Piper nigrum.) From Spain the cultivation of the pepper soon spread to the rest of the continent and England. History does not tell us whether peppers reached North America via Europe or the Caribbean. …read more