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Bell Pepper

Bell peppers, an important source of vitamin C

Because they come in so many different varieties, bell peppers are the summer vegetable that perfectly brightens our menus. They are also excellent ingredients for various healthy, fresh, and tasty recipes. They belong to the Solonaceae family, a plant native to South America whose cultivation is widespread throughout the world. The main characteristic that makes bell peppers so important on a nutritional level is the presence of vitamin C. Consider that just 100 grammes of peppers provide the quantity necessary for your daily demand. There is also vitamin A, potassium, and lutein, which complete the nutritional characteristics of a vegetable that proves to be a real panacea.

Furthermore, their composition comprises 90% water, enabling optimal hydration, particularly in the warmest months. In order to quickly get rid of extra waste and pollutants, bell peppers are also recommended as diuretics and detoxifiers. They also offer a further advantage to dieters because of their extremely low calorie content. This crucial characteristic emphasises how bell peppers can satiate hunger without deviating from the ideal weight on the scale.

The most popular varieties

Peppers usually differ in colour: red, yellow, and green. This is a preliminary classification: red peppers are high in vitamin C, yellow peppers are high in vitamin A, and green peppers are high in mineral salts and water. Their differences also allow them to be chosen for different culinary preparations. You might be amazed by the variety of peppers present in Italy; here you will find an overview of the most common ones.

  • Carmagnola Igp. It presents four different morphological typologies: the square, the ox horn, the spinning top, and the tumaticon. It was brought to Carmagnola by a horticulturist, and since then, it has become a distinctive element of the area. The intense red or yellow colour makes it even more distinguishable.
  • It is a slow-food praesidium that has been cultivated for over 200 years in Monferrato. It is small and can be yellow or red in colour.
  • Home-grown Mantovano. The vegetable is elongated in shape and is a distinctive Lombard variation.
  • Red square bell peppers from Asti. It is square-shaped, and the pulp is particularly thick.
  • Neapolitan papaccella. This variety has tiny berries that are juicy, tasty, and somewhat flattened and ribbed—which is why it’s called curly. It’s perfect for classic pickles or oil-based preserves.

Bell peppers in the kitchen

Eating fresh bell peppers is the best way to keep all of their vitamins intact. Consequently, you can thinly slice them and add them to salads.
An exotic salmon salad with bell peppers and avocado will be an ideal dish to impress the most demanding guests. To prepare tasty first courses, you can choose a risotto with bell pepper cream or the classic bell pepper with black rice and prawns.

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