Peppers are a bushel bag of nutrition

These are some of the mixed Italian variety peppers I recently picked at Larga Vista Ranch near Avondale. Owners Kim and Doug allow me to traipse through their fields and pick what I want.

Red peppers are a bushel bag full of nutrition, high in vitamin C and beta carotene, as well as bioflavonoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. They also contain capsaicin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Actually, as a humorous side note, some have more than others. We’ve found a few of these sweet peppers that were apparently cross-pollinated with nearby chili peppers and are quite hot.

I’ve picked, washed, cleaned and bagged about two bushels for the freezer. I just slice them in half, remove the seeds, and put them in ziplock bags. It’ll be great to get these out of the freezer this winter when organic red peppers are $8 a pound or more at the store. They’re super for oven-roasting, stuffing or in stews and chili.

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