Peppers
 
Peppers are as healthy as they look! Vibrant and packed full of goodness! There are many health benefits to be gained from eating peppers! They are extremely healthy vegetables that provide essential vitamins and minerals.
The pepper nutritional value is high as it provides vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K, as well as essential nutrients including potassium, fibre, beta-carotene, calcium, folic acid, iron and zinc.
 
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Peppers
This colorful and unique vegetable benefits the health as it they help to eliminate harmful free radicals from the body. They can strengthen the immune system which in turn helps us to ward of flu viruses and common illnesses, as well as life threatening diseases such as different types of cancers.

Peppers can assist in protecting many different areas including eye health! The naturally high fiber content of this vegetable can positively aid the digestive system.

The colorful fruit vegetables, peppers are low in calories and can form a healthy part of a controlled diet. The amount of calories and carbs in peppers depends on the way that it is cooked, for example if the pepper is fried, roasted, grilled, baked, stir-fried, or skinned.

The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of carbohydrates and calories in pepper:

Carbohydrates and Calories per 100 grams raw:
Green pepper- 15 calories pepper / 2.6g carbs
Red pepper- 32 calories peppers / 6.4g carbs
Yellow pepper- 26 calories peppers / 5.3g carbs
 
 

Peppers
Peppers are fabulous vegetables, or vegetable fruits, that vary in color, size, strength of taste and appearance! They are usually very vibrant in color and the main varieties include red peppers, green peppers, orange and yellow peppers.

This vegetable belongs to the Capsicium family along with Chillies. Peppers are wonderfully colorful, packed full of goodness and nutritional value. There a picture of peppers further down the page which shows some of the different varieties.

The History of Peppers
The name pepper derived from the spice pepper! Although this vegetable has nothing to do with the spice, it was originally thought that the seeds had something to do with it - hence how the name of the vegetable originated!

 The spice was hot and some varieties of peppers could also be very hot so this clouded the judgement of the explorers at the time! The pepper was discovered during the travels of Christopher Columbus to parts of America.

Peppers are popular throughout the world and there are hundreds of countless recipes available. These vegetables are extremely popular throughout the Mediterranean as well as other parts of the world.

What is the Hottest Pepper in the World?
One of the hottest pepper in the world is the Bhut Jolokia which is 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce! It is also known as Ghost Peppers and it is cultivated in India. Other varieties of the world's hottest peppers include Naga Viper Pepper, Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Pepper, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and Infinity Chilli.

Varieties of Peppers
There are many different types of peppers which are grown in different size, shapes and strengths. The strength of peppers can often be gauged by its color.

This vegetable is often known by different names which may include bullnose peppers, bell peppers and sweet peppers. The following details provide some interesting facts and information about some of the available varieties of peppers:

Green peppers - this type is milder than the red variety but not as sweet tasting. Green peppers are excellent in stir frys, roasted or great eaten raw in salads!

Yellow and Orange peppers - these types are sweet in taste, almost as sweet as red peppers. They are excellent served raw in salads but they are also good for roasting or for using in stir frys.

Red peppers - this is the most mature type of pepper, it is basically a ripened green pepper! Red pepper is generally very sweet. They are fantastic roasted, eaten raw in salads, or baked and roasted.

Purple Black peppers - this variety is very similar to green and compliment salads very well when served raw. Black peppers turn green when they are cooked!

Mediterranean cooks will often use smaller, slimmer varieties of peppers which are stronger, more pungent than the commonly known bell pepper. Often, they will fry them whole in olive oil and sea salt.

This is a popular tapas dish that is served in countries such as Spain and the Canary Islands. It is a delicious recipe that is simple to make! Be careful not to eat too many if you are not used to this type of food as some peppers, particularly the smaller, fresher ones, can be very hot!

 
 
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