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.
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!
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
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
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:
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!
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.
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
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!