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Sweet Peppers

Information about sweet peppers, bell peppers, capsicums


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Sweet Peppers also known as Bell Peppers or  Capsicums, belong to the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family.  Strictly speaking  the name Capsicum covers the range of peppers from the small hot varieties to the large  sweet ones, however any recipe you find on this site which calls for "capsicums" will be referring to the large sweet types with the small pungent types being referred to as "chilies".  


Capsicums can be traced back 7000 BC in Central Mexico, but were first "discovered"  during one of Christopher Columbus' ventures in the 1490's. They come in a variety of colours including  yellow, green, red, purple and different sizes from relatively short and fat (excellent for stuffing) to long and thin. The are widely used in many cuisines and are a popular ingredient in Argentine cooking.




Common Names: Capsicum,  Bell Peppers, Sweet Peppers, Red Peppers, Green Peppers
Family: Solanaceae
In Season: August - September   (best)
Buying: Choose firm specimens with shiny  unblemished smooth skins
Storing: Refrigerate in the crisper drawer for up to 6 days



You can find lots of recipes using capsicums throughout the site and on the Argentina Cooking by County page


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