All Peppers Are Not Created Equal

Sweet peppers don’t come in just red and green anymore—yellow orange, and even purple bell peppers are commonplace.

Plus, there are more kinds of sweet pepper than just different colors. There are Cherry, Cubanelle and Italian Frying peppers. But the sweetest of all are Ancient Sweets or Sweet Twister.

These elegant looking peppers are super sweet and never ever bitter because they have a higher natural sugar content than the average bell pepper. They were once called Ancient Sweets but are now called Sweet Twister. They’re very versatile. You can cut them into rings and use them in salads, stir fries, pizza and frittata. They’re great roasted and grilled and of course my favorite way is stuffed.

Like tomatoes, peppers originated in Central and South America. The name pepper was given by Europeans when Christopher Columbus brought the plant back to Europe. At that time, black pepper was a highly prized condiment. The name pepper was applied to all known spices with hot and pungent taste and was extended to these plants. Botanically speaking, bell peppers are fruits; however, they are considered vegetables in culinary contexts.

Sweet peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and folacin. Red, yellow and orange sweet peppers contain three to four times more Vitamin C than an orange. Add sweet red pepper strips to a spinach salad to help your body better absorb the iron in the spinach.

Here’s an easy recipe for Roasted Peppers:

  • Preheat grill or broiler on high heat. Cook whole peppers about 10 minutes, turning occasionally by stems, until skin is blistered and blackened.
  • Place in a paper bag and let steam.
  • Remove skins, slice peppers open and scrape out core and seeds.
  • Cut in strips and toss with a generous splash of olive oil, a little minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature

We found a wonderful recipe for Sweet Long Peppers Stuffed with Cauliflower Rice from Proud Italian Cook.

Thanks for shopping at the Pearl Market!

Feeling like Fall

Last week when the weather was a bit cooler, it felt like fall. I was immediately drawn to these wonderful apples at Fornof Farm that would make a great strudel. Then I saw this Cranberry Almond Oatmeal at the Oatmeal at the Great Harvest Company, followed by this Apricot Breakfast Bar from Hearth. It was amazing! To top it off, literally, I was drawn to this soft grey sweater from The Sweater Lady.

 

 

 

 

Perennial Facts

Did you know that many of the plants in your yard are considered perennials? A perennial includes plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees that live for two years or longer. As you can imagine, perennials come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some fun facts about these plants:

  • These flowers don’t always bloom the first year that they are planted, but with proper care, they will bloom the next year and each year after that for the duration of their lifespan.
  • Since they live a long time, they do not need to produce many seeds to survive. In fact, once they are planted and well established, they will need minimal upkeep with watering and fertilizing.
  • They often have a rest period at some point in their life cycle where the plant will remain dormant.
  • These plants include a wide variety of flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables.

Lonny with Flora Go Go offers a variety of potted perennials to get you started. Based on where you want to plant the perennials and what your preferences in size and color, he can show you plants that will thrive in your yard.

And it’s not too late to plant!  According to Lonnie, as long as you plant perennials before the ground freezes, it will survive the winter and provide you with years of enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Michelle Chippas

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