Organic Granulated Red Bell Pepper
Red bell peppers, Capsicum annuum, are members of the nightshade family and are closely related to eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes. Different cultivars of the bell pepper plant produce different colored fruit, including the most common red, orange and yellow as well as some harder to find colors such as brown (also called chocolate), purple and white (also called vanilla). Any of the particular cultivars can produce a green bell pepper which is a pepper picked in its immature state (before it starts to change color).
Bell peppers are sometimes classified with other less pungent pepper varieties as "sweet peppers." To most, the boxy-shaped pepper is considered a vegetable but like the tomato, is technically a fruit. Scientifically, a fruit develops from the ovary in the base of the plant's flower and they contain the seeds of the plant. Bell peppers are plump and feature either three or four lobes. The seeds and ribs inside bell peppers may be consumed, but some may find their taste somewhat bitter.
Red Bell Peppers are generally a little bit sweeter than the more common green bell pepper and both are meeker cousins of the more robust chile pepper. Organic granulated red bell peppers are ripe, sweet peppers that have been dehydrated and then coarsely ground.
Bell peppers are called alfilfil (Arabic), Denglong jiao (Mandarin), poivron (French), Paprika (German), shimala mirch (Hindi), Peperone dolce (Italian), Piman (Japanese), Pimentao (Portuguese), bolgarskiy perets (Russian) and Pimenton (Spanish).
Bell peppers are believed to have originated in Central and South America. The earliest recording of the term "Bell Pepper" dates back to 1699 when the Welsh explorer Lionel Wafer wrote about them in his book "A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America" after he had spent the 1680s exploring the Caribbean as a Spanish privateer (a sort of government sanctioned pirate). His time in the Caribbean included living for a while among the Cuna (pronounced 'ku?.na) Indians in Panama. The Cuna were the indigenous people of Colombia and Panama.
Bell peppers have evolved from local land race peppers to advanced hybrids through sophisticated selective breeding over hundreds of years.
In a home garden, bell pepper plants may be as short as 6", or may reach up to 3' tall with a spread of 1' to 3'. Optimum daytime temperatures for bell pepper varieties are between 70° and 80° F with a humidity range of 70%-80%.
It takes approximately 4 months (20 weeks), from seeding the crop, to the first harvest. Bell peppers have a naturally upright growth habit and are considered indeterminate plants which means that they continue to grow new stems and leaves until the fruit sets on the top bud. Pepper plants have two main stems per plant and these plants do best when pruned on a regular basis which leads to balanced growth and maximal fruit production. Pruning also improves air circulation around the plant which reduces the potential for disease. Plants are generally pruned every two weeks.
In commercial outdoor operations stakes are driven into the soil every 4' to 5' in the row. Potent varieties may require thicker or longer stakes, closer placement of the stakes (i.e. every other plant) and thicker twine. The first string is typically placed 7" to 9" above the soil when plants are just under 12" tall (and before the first fruit set). The second string is placed 6" to 8" above the first string before peppers enlarge and fall over the first string.
Some commercial growers prefer growing bell peppers in greenhouse environments for continuous year-round yields.
Green bell peppers are harvested in their immature state and the most common varieties will mature to an orange, red or yellow color. While peppers can be harvested at any stage of their development, their flavor doesn't fully develop until they reach full maturity.
Use organic granulated red bell peppers in Asian, Italian and Mexican dishes. We've used these in barbecue sauces, homemade beans, chili, dips, marinades, meatballs, pasta, sauces, soups, spice blends and stews.
The flavor of our organic granulated red bell peppers is mellow, a bit sweet and has fruity undertones.
Bell peppers are unique in that, unlike other members of Capsicum, they do not produce significant amounts of capsaicin (the primary pungent principle in Capsicum fruits). The production of this chemical substance depends on a single gene, which bell pepper varieties have in a recessive form. This results in organic red bell peppers having a 0 rating on the Scoville heat scale. The Scoville rating designates the piquancy (or hotness) of a chile peppers.
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