Angela, though not a natural green thumb, has studied gardening in order to better care for her yard.
Are Green Peppers a Fruit or a Vegetable?
Green peppers are fruits, despite being often misidentified as a vegetable, much like tomatoes and zucchini.
Peppers, in general, are either sweet or hot. Green peppers have a more robust flavor than their red, yellow, or orange counterparts and tend to be slightly more bitter.
Peppers are green from the moment they grow; therefore, you want to wait until they become to be about as long as the palm of your hand before you pick them. They are also generally a beautiful, vibrant dark-green color and shiny when ripe. Although they often will taste good if you pick them before they reach their full potential, wait a few days, and you will get much more fruit by waiting.
Once picked, they will stay fresh in your fridge for three to four days without losing much of their flavor or crispness. If you need to keep them longer, freezing them is a good idea. They will stay nice and frozen for a year and a half.
Green Peppers Preservation Recipe Rating
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1 green pepper = approx. 1 cup sliced peppers
- Lots and lots of fresh green peppers
- 1 knife
- 1 cutting board
- 1 pot, full of water
- 1 bowl, full of water and ice
- 1 timer
- 1 slotted spoon
- Several freezer bags
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- First, wash freshly picked green peppers. They are best when they are shiny, crisp, and dark green. If you are picking them out of your garden, make sure they have grown longer than the palm of your hand.
- Cut the stem out and scrape the seeds.
- Rinse and cut into long slices.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.
- Once the water has been boiling for 1 minute, place chopped peppers into the boiling water for 3 minutes.
- Take them out with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl of ice-cold water for 3 minutes.
- Remove peppers from ice-cold water and pat dry.
- You can begin another batch in the same water. The water can be used several times before it needs to be changed.
- Place dried peppers in a ziplock or vacuum-sealed freezer bag. If you choose a ziplock freezer bag, try to get as much air out as possible.
- Close tightly, date, and keep frozen for up to 1 1/2 years.
- Once ready to eat, thaw, prepare, and enjoy!
Benefits of Eating Fresh Green Peppers
Green peppers contain a lot of great nutrients that our bodies need. Here is a comprehensive list of those vitamins and what they will do for your body.
- Vitamins A - Green peppers contain vitamin A, an excellent anti-aging vitamin that helps keep your skin beautiful and glowing.
- Vitamin B6 - Bell peppers contain 17 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin B6, which is extremely important for fighting infections. Although important for men, vitamin B6 is vital for women. It reportedly regulates estrogen and progesterone, keeping the hormone levels balanced.
- Vitamin C - One serving of green peppers contains twice the required daily amount of vitamin C. This is great for boosting your immune system, which can help prevent colds and cases of flu. Vitamin C can also speed up the healing of minor injuries, including torn muscles. This nutrient is also the building block for your musculoskeletal system, making this vitamin a must for those who work out.
- Vitamin K - Green peppers contain 14 percent of your daily need of Vitamin K, which is excellent for assisting your body's ability to clot blood.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants - These antioxidants have excellent anti-inflammatory properties that purportedly help reduce disease- or infection-related inflammation.
- Manganese - 9 percent of the daily requirement of manganese and 7 percent of potassium is found in the green pepper. These nutrients are necessary for proper muscle functioning and healthy glucose levels.
- Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids - Omega fatty acids are essential for heart health and preventing strokes and heart disease.
- Fiber - All peppers are excellent sources of fiber in your diet that help you maintain a healthy weight and regulate your bowel health.
- Beta carotene, lutein, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, choline, niacin, pantothenic acid - These nutrients are all provided in the green pepper. When combined, they can help give your skin a glow, improve your eyesight, protect your organs against disease and cancer, and encourage great brain and heart functioning.
- Iron, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and fluoride - These minerals together help balance your body's PH, strengthen your bones and teeth, regulate your heartbeat, and transport oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. These are also important to allow your brain to communicate to the body because they help your nerve synapses.
Green peppers are an often-overlooked fruit that can easily be added to your daily diet. They contain many excellent nutrients.
- “How to Videos, Articles & More - Discover the Expert in You.” EHow, Leaf Group, www.ehow.com/facts_5242866_green-pepper-nutrition-information.html#ixzz26TEV3xC4.
- “World Community Cookbooks.” Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Mennonite Central Committee U.S., 4 Aug. 2014, www.worldcommunitycookbook.org/season/guide/peppers.html.
Questions & Answers
Question: Do you have to cook green peppers or can you just clean them and then cut them up?
Answer: I believe that some people do just cut them and freeze them. I have heard by blanching them, it allows them to keep their original texture and taste. Freezing them without blanching them, can cause them to become mushy when thawed.
© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz