The Bell Pepper is the common mature sweet pepper named for its bell-like shape. Inside its thick flesh is an inner cavity with edible, bitter seeds and a white spongy core. Bell peppers have a tangy, sweet flavour due to its increased sugar content.
Consumer Tips For Pepper Care
Store peppers in the vegetable crisper. Peppers need to be kept in a cooler environment. In the home, the best place is the refrigerator.
Wash produce right before eating. All produce should always be washed, but it is important to not wash produce too early. As moisture sits on the produce it can cause decay.
Look for peppers that are vibrant in colour. The skins should be firm and unblemished. Avoid peppers with any dark spots. The peppers you choose should also have a nice, weighty feel for their size.
Peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C with over 250% more Vitamin C than citrus fruits by weight.
In addition to Vitamin C, peppers are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Dietary Fibre, Folate, Magnesium and Potassium.
Troubleshooting Tips For Retail Care
Keep peppers in a cool environment. The optimum temperature is around 50-55°F or 10-12.7°C with optimum humidity of 85 – 90%. High temperatures can cause peppers to spoil and shrivel quickly, while cold temperatures can cause pitting.
High temperatures or strong drafts can cause peppers to spoil and shrivel quickly.
This is an indication of chill injury.
Peppers are sensitive to ethylene producing produce, such as tomatoes, which can cause colour change. Store peppers away from ethylene producing produce and ripening rooms. Improper temperatures can also cause discolouration and uneven ripening.