Bell Peppers

Peppers can get a suntan. A suntanned pepper is a green pepper with red spots.

Bell peppers have been cultivated for more than 9000 years, with evidence of the earliest cultivations found in South and Central America. It was not until they were introduced to Europe that this beautifully shaped vegetable with its attractive glossy exterior got named. At this point in history, Europeans were only familiar with the spice we find in pepper shakers.   When Columbus brought some dried peppers back, the old world settlers compared it to the table spice we are familiar with. The name pepper stuck, and we've been using it ever since. Since then, peppers have also been introduced to Africa and Asia where they are use as food, condiment, and spice.

Today most peppers sold in the United States are grown in California and Florida. Texas, New Jersey, and North Carolina also contribute some of the peppers that are commercially cultivated.  Bell pepper and be used raw or cooked and go well with almost any dish. No wonder they are so well-liked!

  •          Red Bell Peppers
  •          Green Bell Peppers
  •          Yellow Bell Peppers
  •          Brown Bell Pepper