Bell peppers add fresh flavor and splashes of color to raw and cooked dishes. They’re also great sources of vitamins A and
Season: Year-round; peak in summer.
How to Choose Bell Peppers
Red peppers are mature green peppers (aging makes red peppers sweeter and more mellow than sharper, grassy-tasting green); yellow and orange peppers are different, sweeter varieties. Look for firm peppers with shiny, wrinkle-free skins.
How to Store Bell Peppers
Refrigerate peppers unwashed (moisture speeds decay) in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Red and yellow peppers will last up to 5 days; green, about a week.
How to Use Bell Peppers
Peppers stand up well to grilling, baking, stuffing, and sautéing. Roasting makes them deliciously smoky.
Real Simple Bell Pepper Recipes:
- Eggplant With Peppers and Beans Sandwich
- Tomato-and-Feta Stuffed Peppers Over Barley
- Steak With Roasted Peppers and Tomatoes Over Polenta
- Pasta with Andouille, Peppers, and Tomatoes
- Bell Pepper and Feta Pizza
How To: Slice Bell PeppersRemove the seeds and membranes of a bell pepper in just a few simple steps.
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