Bell Pepper is a fruit that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Did you know that Paprika is dried Bell Pepper? A little more Bell Pepper trivia: Did you know that green bell peppers are not fully ripe? They are bitter compared to their fully ripe, sweet, orange, red, and yellow counterparts.
They are a great addition to your plan to eat the rainbow with their vibrant color, low calories, and great nutrient content.
According to the USDA, bell peppers are high in vitamin C with a single pepper providing up to 169% of the RDI. Other vitamins and minerals in bell peppers include vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. They also have healthy antioxidants, including capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, quercetin, and luteolin. Red bell peppers are also a good source of iron that absorbs into the system best when combined with vitamin C. Awesome, because as we discussed earlier bell pepper is also an excellent source of vitamin C. Just another reason we believe in the power of plants!
Growing bell peppers:
For those growing outdoors in most areas, the best time to plant peppers is after the fear of frost has passed (which can be as late as mid-May or early June, depending on where you’re located) and when daytime temperatures reach 70–90° F throughout the crop’s season.
Like tomatoes, peppers absolutely love the sun—the hotter the better when it comes to keeping these plants happy. Their growth can slow down if temperatures dip below 55° F on any given day, and it might take a few days afterward for them to start growing normally again.
When can you start enjoying stuffed peppers? In general, you can transplant peppers 3–4 weeks after germination (sprouting). Sweet and mildly hot peppers should be ready to harvest in another 6–8 weeks, while you can expect a long wait of 9–10 weeks for the hot pepper varieties.
If growing in the dirt be careful not to plant where other members of the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant) have recently been planted because they are also susceptible to disease from those plants.