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Things to Know About Peppers

Peppers are delicious additions to salads, they add a lovely crunch and a wonderful color, ranging from green to red. They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6 and a good source of dietary fiber.

Peppers comes with a variety of shapes. Bell peppers, genetically known as capsicums, has a shape that gives them their alternative name. They come in a range of colors, including green, red, yellow, orange and even a purplish-black though they all have much the same sweetish flavor and crunchy texture.

How to Use Peppers

Peppers can be used raw or lightly roasted in salads or as an antipasto, and can be cooked in a variety of ways – roasted and dressed with olive oil or vinaigrette dressing and capers, stewed, marinated in olive oil, or stuffed and baked. Bell peppers are very good for stuffing with various fillings such as rice and minced meat. To make the most of their flavor, grill peppers until charred, then rub off and discard the skins. Peppers have a great affinity with other Mediterranean ingredients, such as olives, capers, aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes and anchovies. They are a very healthy food, being rich in thiamin, niacin, folate, magnesium and copper.

Nutrients and Calories in Pepper

Calories: 29.8 kcal
Protein: 1.3 g
Dietary Fiber:
2.5 g
Vitamin A: 551 IU
Vitamin C:
120 mg
Vitamin E:
0.6 mg
Vitamin K:
11.0 mcg
Vitamin B6:
0.3 mg
Calcium:
14.9 mg
Iron:
0.5 mg
Magnesium:
14.9 mg
Phosphorus:
29.8 mg
Potassium:
261 mg
Sodium:
4.5 mg