Sweet Bell Peppers

Sweet Bell Peppers are all mild and normally of better flavor than the hotties. Sweet peppers have a Scoville Unit rating of 10 to approximately 300, while the Hot Peppers start at 400 and go to over 1,000,000 or more. These sweeties shapes are all pretty much the traditional BELL but they come in all different colors and sizes. Hot peppers, in contrast, go all over the designers board. Below you will find a long list of Sweet Bell Peppers for your home hydro-organic containers to hold. Most will need at least a medium sized 15lt hydro pot, active or flowing.

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Below- are all the Sweet Bell Pepper varieties

Redskin Dwarf Sweet Pepper

Redskin Dwarf Sweet Pepper

Redskin Dwarf Sweet Pepper General Information  Redskin Sweet pepper is commonly called the ‘Patio Pepper’. That is because the dwarf bush height of 8-14″ is super manageable in a container placed on your patio. The plant is not that tall, well-branched and has a crowded set of exceptionally sweet flavored red fruits hanging around on the bush. The red-red 4- to 5-inch fruit are an an eye catcher in any location, looking huge on this dwarf plant. The bells are symmetrical, with three to four lobes and excellent color. Proof you don’t have to have a large vegetable garden to grow your own. Even the smallest patio or balcony can accommodate a few containers that will give you a bumper crop of delicious fresh organic veggies. Growing Redskin Sweet Dwarf Peppers Plant the seeds on the self watering miniature cup and wait for them to germinate. It should take roughly 15 days to pop up their heads. Three weeks later they will be baby bouncing bushes ready for a hydro-organic container. A smaller to medium sized passive or active hydro container will do. Most bells are easy to grow. The biggest challenge is the Mosaic Tobacco virus, so prevalent when raising peppers. In 60 days after transplanting, your going to be able to ward up the stove or make a “self grown” salad. Using Redskin Sweet Peppers Pick them green or let them mature to rich red, when their vitamin content is at its peak. Their mildly sweet flavor combines easily with many dishes and is also an excellent source of vitamin A. Ideal for stuffing or used fresh in salads. Try serving them grilled, roasted, or stir-fried or preserve them by canning, drying, or freezing. Go to a Yummy Redskin Sweet Pepper & Potatoes Recipe...

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How to Dry Peppers

How to Dry Peppers

Why Dry Hot Peppers How to Dry Peppers is a noble mission, but Why? The biggest reason people would want to dry peppers is for storage. That’s a no brainier. But why would you want to store them and why dry? Because you have a bumper crop and need them for spices and medicinal remedies that are inherent in capsaicim. Freezing is fine but the defrosting at times is a problem. Besides, dry pepper is a very convenient way to use peppers. They can then be made into powder for cooking or capsules and wraps for cures. They don’t require valuable real estate in your refrigerator nor freezer. Removing moisture from peppers will magnify and intensify the heat from the capsaisim and enhance flavors and natural sugars it contains. Dehydrated peppers pack a bigger bite in both solid food and hot sauce recipes than fresh peppers. Did I convince you to dry them? You were already going to dry them?… Ok, then lets proceed… with caution. Warning About Drying Peppers Please read this!! Even before you learn How to Dry Peppers, you should know how strong peppers particles can get. The capsiacin is a very strong chemical. The hotter the pepper the more capsaicin it will contain. If your not familiar with the Scoville Unites review, perhaps you should catch up on it. It is a way to rate the hotness of peppers, the capsiacin it contains. Take precautions when preparing fresh peppers and when drying the fruits. Wear protective gloves, goggles and a dust mask when grinding pepper pods after the drying process and during the grinding work. I cant stress that enough. If possible do this work outdoors. Be sure not to scratch your eyes, nose, face, or “anything else” after handling. Scrub your hands really well afterwards with soap and water. Take extra precaution around young children and cuddly pets. . Different Ways on How to Dry Peppers How to Dry Peppers… what a joke. It is almost impossible to NOT dry a pepper pod. Let me count the ways to dry peppers and you can mix and match the methods, turn them around and upside down. It can’t not work. So feel free to be free and read the following, “Ways to Dry Peppers.” Hang Dry the Entire Pepper Plant     The simplest method to dry peppers.  The success of an outside or garage hang-drying is going to depend on your regional climate. If it is convenient and you are ready to take the whole plant up, simply cut her off at ground level and hang the entire plant in the garage. It will take months for the plant to dry. In the mean time the peppers normally stay fresh and colorful for longer than they would in the refrigerator. You can use them to make stuffed peppers for quite a while before they get too dry for that recipe. The humidity in your garage or area, cant be extremely high. But it’s is a good method for you to try. There is almost no work involved. Hang Dry Only Pepper Pods     The most popular method to dry peppers. Look over your individual peppers well. discard the ones that have a bad spot, damage or anything that will make it go bad prematurely. Coat the pods with a fine film of olive oil and string them up by the stems. You can wrap the string with a tight knot of better yet use a needle and thin fishing line. Leave plenty of roam between them for new air and sun to get to.  Hang...

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NuMex Big Jim Hot Pepper

NuMex Big Jim Hot Pepper

Big Jim Hot Pepper Description Introduced in 1975 by New Mexico State University (NMSU), home of the Chile Pepper Institute and pepper pro Dr. Nakayama. He classified his fruit as Capsicum frutescens longum. It was created from crosses between a Peruvian chile and various large New Mexico Universities  private collection of sweeties. This Big Guy is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest pepper. It produces 8″ to 12″ long by 2 ¾” wide, thick, smooth, fleshy fruits. They have high yields of bright green (maturing to deep red), mildly hot fruit. Pungency is variable from plant to plant.  The young green peppers are so mild that they can be used as a green sweet peppers for cooking. It has a Scoville heat unit rating of 500 to 2,500. That is quite a spread I know. Fabian Garcia If your into peppers joining the Chile Pepper Institute created in honor of Fabian Garcia, the father of New Mexico’s pepper industry, if not the father of modern peppers period. NMSU has honored Mexicanborn Don Garcia by naming the 45-acre research center after him. In 1907, Garcia began the chile-breeding work that would lead to the creation of New Mexico’s first standardized variety of the New Mexico chile pepper. People couldn’t depend on the stability, in shape, taste and hotness of the varieties starting to appear on the scene. He set out to creating a pod that growers and consumers could depend on. Garcia made possible mass cultivation of genetically stable chile peppers. This opened the door to the chile-processing and -canning industry. Today, more than 40,000 acres of New Mexico chiles are under cultivation in California, Arizona and Texas. Growing Big Jim Hot Pepper Big Gim likes to grow and is surprisingly small in comparison to the large fruit. The bush can growing between 24″ to 36″ high, with up to 30 pods on a single plant. When fruits have reached full-size they are light green to red. The dark red fruits are fully ripened. It will take approximately 80 days after transplanting seedlings in to containers for the fruit to be mature. Be sure to use a pruning shears or knife to harvest the peppers. If you try pulling them off you cpuld stress the branch. I had a full branch looking at me loose in my hand once. It said “why do you hate me so”. lol  So be patient and loving even with this Big Guy Jim. Us Big Guys need love too. Using & Cooking Big Jim Hot Pepper  It is popular because of the very long, tasty, 10- to 12-inch pods. An obvious choice for chiles rellenos. It’s very mild even though it is classified as a Hot Pepper, so it can be used as a sweet one as well if you want a bit more flavor in your dish. Making Chile Relleno’s toast, peel and take out the seeds from a few ripe chiles stuff them with cheddar cheese  beat two eggs with a dash of salt and a tablespoon of flour  make a light batter dip the stuffed pepper into the batter and fry fry in hot olive or vegetable oil in a skillet drain on paper towels sprinkle with a bit of additional cheese top broil and serve with a fresh...

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Mini Bell Mix Sweet Peppers

Mini Bell Mix Sweet Peppers

The dwarf, compact plants of Mini Bell Mix Sweet Peppers produce a nearly seedless heavy set of small 1 ¼” long by 1 ¼”, blocky shaped bells. Pinch out the growing points at 6″ so the plants get bush. They will grow to only 18″ set fruit in different colors, tangerine, red, orange and chocolate. They are early to flower and set fruit constantly. They’re productive and decorative when grown in containers on a sunny patio. They keep well and maintain their crunch. Growing Mini Bell Mix Sweet Peppers  Plant the seeds in a mini auto cup and wait for a couple of weeks to see the tops of their heads. A week or so later, when seedlings are 4 -6″ tall, switch two of them over to a medium 15lt passive or flowing hydro-organic, or 4 to a larger Fincita container. Pinching out the growing points at 6″ will produce plants that are bushy and only 18″ tall. So if you go for the med Hydro-organic container… do it! They require full sun and really don’t mind getting a bit of rain on them. Using Mini Bells Mini Bell Mix Sweet Peppers are real sweeties. As all bells, they are excellent in fresh salads, great on kebabs, stuffed or fried. Below find a few videos you can watch to get up on how to cook with bells. The child’s video is especially interesting if your a mother taking care of your kids on a rainy Saturday morning. It really looks good. You slice up bell rings and plop an egg in the middle over a hot frying pan. I gata try...

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Bell Peppers And Your Health

Bell Peppers And Your Health

There is a good reason to eat hot or sweet Bell Peppers for your health and not for just taste alone. When you grow peppers you are raising vitamins on a bush. Not only are they richer in vitamin C than oranges, they are also lower in calories. Growing bell peppers will make all of this nutrition available to you at a cost of just 33 calories per fruit. Nutrition is only the tip of the health iceberg. Refer to the bibliography at the bottom of this page. Peppers are used: used in the treatment of functional dyspepsia used in the in the management of surgical neuropathic pain in cancer patients used in treatment of the post-mastectomy pain syndrome used for cluster headache pain used as pain plaster in chronic non-specific low back pain used in in dermatology for treatment of itching and pain used in treatment of postherpetic neuralgia used to treat painful diabetic neuropathy used in the treatment of prurigo nodularis  jalapeno peppers are used for treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection used in the treatment of prurigo nodularisprotects against aspirin-induced gastroduodenal mucosal injury used in the treatment of pain due to fibromyalgia reduces painful osteoarthritis of the hands used in the treatment of arthritis reduce chronic human neuropathic pain Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. One cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C! One large green pepper contains approximately 287 mg of potassium They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful.  The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety. Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation. If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient. The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers. The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful. Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells. Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. Bibliography of researched information concerning peppers and our health: 1. McCleane G. Topical application of doxepin hydrochloride, capsaicin and a combination of both produces analgesia in chronic human neuropathic pain: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2000;49:574-579. 2. Deal CL, Schnitzer TJ, Lipstein E, et al. Treatment of arthritis with topical capsaicin: A double blind trial. Clin Ther. 1991;13:383-395. 3. McCarthy GM, McCarty DJ. Effect of topical capsaicin in the therapy of painful osteoarthritis of the hands. J Rheumatol. 1992;19:604-607. 4. McCarty DJ, Csuka M, McCarthy, et al. Treatment of pain due to fibromyalgia with topical capsaicin: A pilot study. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 1994;23(suppl 3):41-47. 5. Yeoh KG, Kang JY, Yap I, et al. Chili protects against aspirin-induced gastroduodenal mucosal injury in humans. Dig Dis Sci. 1995;40:580-583. 6. Abdel Salam OM, Moszik G, Szolcsanyi J. Studies on the effect of intragastric capsaicin on gastric ulcer and on the prostacyclin-induced cytoprotection in rats. Pharmacol Res. 1995;32:209-215....

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