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Serving Up Bell Peppers

Growing up I often wondered what sort of peppers Peter Piper picked. As a child in Louisiana who had her fair share of hot pepper burns, I decided Peter would have been crazy to pick anything other than bell peppers! Here’s why:

  • They’re colorful, packed with good nutrition, and add great taste and charm to a dish or a meal.
  • They make great dippers for favorite dips.
  • They can be eaten cooked, raw or pickled.
  • They burst with crunch and sassy flavor from the very first bite. 
  • They won’t burn your tongue like chili peppers!

Baby bell peppers start out green. As they grow, their colors change. For harvesting, they can be picked green or the farmers can let them continue to mature to yellow, orange, red or a variety of other colors. While you can use any color of bell peppers in your recipes, remember that their flavors range from slightly bitter and pungent for green peppers to mildly sweet for red peppers, so choose accordingly.  Here’s how to love bell peppers:

How do you enjoy bell peppers? Got a favorite recipe? Let me know.

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Sharon says …

You have such fresh ideas for a meal - I love it. I am single and do not cook anymore, but occasionally I would like to try some of your dishes. Whole Foods offers such a positive spin on preparing a meal and the store/personnel projects that same positive aura. This customer really thanks you!!!

Betty says …

My husband loves to make chili. Since he makes so much, I always have plenty leftover. Last week, I bought some red peppers and green peppers. I stuffed them with the leftover chili, and topped each one with 365 shredded cheddar. I added a little water to the bottom of my Pyrex dish and covered the baking dish with foil in a 350 degree oven. Thirty minutes later, yum! I paired it with a fresh herb salad with avocado and a lemon and oil simple homemade dressing. Try it next time you have leftover chili--Delicious and cost effective! Enjoy

kirsten says …

bell pepper receipe