Thursday, November 15, 2007

I'm a Pepper

Bell peppers have a lot going for them. Shall we say they are one of the best lookin veggie out there? Red ones, green ones, yellow and orange...even purple.

Among it's long list of nutritional attributes, they are crazy high in vitamin C. It is said that the more brightly coloured a food is, the more anti-oxidant power it has. Peppers are definitely top of the list. Red peppers also contain lycopene, a carotenoid that is linked to the prevention of many types of cancers (it's also in tomatoes).

They are also super tasty!

Peppers are one of those produce items that is best enjoyed organic. They tend to be sprayed. It is best to look for ones with relatively blemish-free flesh. I like to smell my peppers and if they smell like a pepper, they're probably fresh.

One of the biggest things with bell peppers is knowing how to cut them. I've witnessed many a friend struggle with cutting out the stem and fighting with those little seeds making a huge mess. Allow me to attempt a little tutorial on:


(this is one of the many things I have learned from "Mr. Brown")


slice off the top of the pepper (right where the flat part meets the "bell" part.


pull out the seed bit. it should come out very easily and all in one piece

it now looks like this:

the stem will easily fall out of the top


the only thing wasted is the seeds. you can slice it so you get lovely rounds, or slice it into long strips.


Take care,


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Blogger Brent Bouchard said...

I have an irrational fear of the seeds in peppers. They always send a shudder down my spine.


12:27 PM  
Blogger The Nutritionista said...

Oh yeah, I forgot about your irrational fear!!

12:44 PM  

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