Produce of the Week

Produce of the Week: Peppers

Peppers are a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked, and have a lot going for them. They’re low in calories and are loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Plus, the spicy ones liven up bland food, making it more satisfying. They are a great, low calorie snack. The fiber that peppers contain will help you to feel full with very few calories.

How to pick ’em

Choose fresh peppers that are brightly colored and plump with smooth, unblemished skin. The more intense the color, the better. The vividness of color is an indicator of ripeness, flavor, and high concentration of nutrients. Avoid peppers that have soft spots, nicks, wrinkles, or pits. You’ll also want to look for a bright green stem, which indicates freshness.

How to store ’em

Keep slices of peppers in the refrigerator, so you’ll always have something healthy to reach for when you’re having a snack attack. If stored correctly, they will keep fresh for up to a week.

How to cook ’em

Peppers can be stuffed with beans and whole grains, baked, grilled, sauteed, pureed for soups and dips or used in chilis, stews, sauces, and condiments. They can also be eaten raw and put on sandwiches, wraps, in salads, or used as a crunch vehicle for dips.