Quality capsicums


Not many people know that red, yellow and green peppers are actually the same plant. Commonly called bell peppers elsewhere in the world, and sometimes capsicum, the red and yellow varieties are simply riper versions of green peppers, with their colour determined by the cultivar. Rarely, white, purple, brown, and, strangely, blue cultivars are found.

Compared with other related plants, bell peppers are not hot. They contain a recessive gene that eliminates capsaisin, which is responsible for the heat in other peppers.

As peppers age, their flavour becomes sweeter and milder. Red peppers left to ripen on the vine are sweeter than red peppers harvested when green, and both are much sweeter than green peppers. They also become more nutritious as they age. Red peppers contain 11 times more beta-carotene than green peppers, and are a great source of Vitamin A generally. For smokers, this is particularly useful, as benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogen in cigarette smoke, induces Vitamin A deficiency. There’s much research happening now around speculation that some smokers live longer than others primarily because of diets rich in Vitamin A.

Peppers are an even better source of Vitamin C, with green pepper containing 50% more than navel oranges, and red peppers contain twice as much.

It’s particularly important to eat organic peppers, as they’re one of the foods on which pesticide residues are most readily found.

Peppers stay fresh for about a week, the green, being younger, lasting longer than the others.

This week we’re offering green peppers from Abalimi, and red and yellow peppers from Funky Greens

Quality Produce – we want your feedback!

We are constantly working on getting great produce to you that is high quality, delicious and fresh. We really value your feedback regarding this, as it helps us to constantly improve.

If you are ever unhappy about the quality of something you have received from us, please let us know! In return we will give you a full refund on your item, in the form of credit on your account.

When you email us, please supply us with the following:
1. What produce was it?
2. What was wrong with it?
3. What supplier was it from?
4. What condition was your box in?

To order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za

The Co-op team.