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Oooooh, Those Red Peppers

After travel food, I was longing to stop by our local farm stand and pick-up my simple favorites! Iggy's whole grain sourdough round bread; baby carrots; crunchy red cabbage, freshly harvested asparagus, fuji apples, maradol papaya, and yes! a bag of red peppers on sale!

Bright red, crunchy, juicy and slightly tangy. Definitely not hot, more like a fruit. In the summer, they are best grilled. Now, I like to cut strips and eat as is. Quickly core a washed pepper, divide at the edges for broad flat pieces, wrap in a paper napkin and pack in a sandwich bag. The napkin absorbs the juices and keeps it crunchy. These are usually my mid-morning snacks. Give it a try, Yumm!

Pic of red peppers by Arun Shanbhag
Washed red peppers shot in natural light.

And if taste is not an a big motivator, they are good for your health too. Red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, B6 and beta-carotene: powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated by living processes. Free radicals are implicated in heart disease, nerve and blood vessel damage in diabetes, and cancer. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy eyes; and the reds contain capsacin, a natural painkiller useful for arthritic pains.


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