Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Peppers...
I'm growing Cubanelle peppers this year for the first time and I'm really proud to say I have had great success. They are really producing. There's 40 peppers in this basket and all of these were just picked from two plants in my raised-bin, vegetable garden. These peppers are like an elongated bell pepper, but smaller. Each pepper is about 4 inches long and about 1.5 inches wide. I've had much better success growing Cubanelles than bell peppers. Most often Cubanelles are picked when they are light green, but I like them when they are red and orange. They look so pretty cut up into a salad.
The white spotting you may see on the peppers is from our irrigation water which leaves a slight mineral deposit when it dries. Once I wash the peppers the white spotting will disappear. I am growing all my vegetables without the use of any pesticides. The Cubanelle has a mild flavor and is good to eat just plain.
Peppers have Vitamins C, B6, B1, E, K, folate, fiber, potassium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, tryptophane, and about 20 calories per pepper. Peppers also have beta-carotene, lycopene, and phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. What does all that mean? Peppers are one of the best foods you can eat.
Have you had your pepper today?