Orange Bell Pepper
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Availability

Orange Bell Peppers are available year round.

Purchasing

Choose a Orange Bell Pepper that is firm, smooth skinned, shiny and heavy for its size.  Avoid any with wrinkles or watery-looking blemishes.  Wrinkles are a sign the Orange Bell Pepper is getting old and blemishes are a sign that it is beginning to spoil.

Storage

Store Orange Bell Peppers in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator. Orange Bell Peppers will last 1-2 weeks refrigerated.  They can also be stored briefly at room temperature or frozen for much longer.

Culinary Uses

Orange Bell Peppers, across the board, will yield a lot of flavor if cooked with Dry Heat Methods such as: RoastingFire RoastingBroilingGrillingSautéeingPan FryingStir-FryingDeep Frying, etc. Moist Heat Methods such as Braising or Simmering for long periods of time also work well.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Orange Bell Peppers per person.

Pairings

Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Onions, Sesame Oil, Parsley, Rice, Pasta, Scallions, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Coriander, Fennel, Eggplant, Cream, Curry, Garlic, Shallots, Lemon, Lime, Mint, Butter, Thyme, Shrimp, Pork, Beef, Pancetta, Bacon, Cheeses, Lamb, Ginger, Soy Sauce, Pine Nuts, Carrots, Saffron, Potatoes, Mustard, Sausages, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Vinegars, Hot/Spicy Peppers

Nutrition

Orange Bell Peppers are particularly high in vitamin C and also contain good amounts of carotenoids, B vitamins and vitamin E.  Orange Bell Peppers can help control cholesterol, relieve arthritis, inflammation and headaches, increase circulation, and lessen nasal and chest congestion.  They are an excellent choice for dieters, as they increase metabolism so we burn more energy when we eat them.  They may also send signals to our brain that we’re full sooner than usual.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes