Know your Peppers

  • Pepper is a tender, warm-season vegetable. 

  • Pepper plants require somewhat higher temperatures, grow more slowly and are smaller than most tomato plants. 

  • Brightly coloured, sweet bell pepper varieties have recently burst onto the scene. 

  • A vast range of other garden peppers (pimiento, tabasco, cayenne, chili and paprika) may be grown for food, spices or as ornamentals.

  • The sweet varieties of peppers, especially the bells, traditionally have been by far the most popular in Europe and the United States. 

  • They are eaten green or ripe and are used for salads, stuffing, soup, stews, relishes and pickling. 

  • New developments in colour and form have done nothing to dull the popularity of sweet peppers. 

  • Hot pepper varieties have also enjoyed a rebirth of popularity recently, mainly due to various ethnic cuisines that use their unique flavours and heat creatively.

  • Though there are dozens of different kinds of peppers, facts follow on some of the more widely used types.