VITAMIN C: peppers

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Today is all about peppers!
See how many you can answer without looking at the answer key!

DO YOU KNOW:
How many varieties/types/species of peppers there are?

a. 5

b. 25

c. 50,000

d. 32,000

e. 18,000

f. b and e

g. a and c

h. all of the above

DO YOU KNOW:
What family the bell pepper is in?

a. Capsicum Chinense

b. Capsicum Pubescens

c. Capsicum Annuum

d. Capsicum Frutescens

e. Capsicum Baccatum
DO YOU KNOW:
Where the bell pepper is native to?

a. Africa

b. Spain

c. Europe

d. Americas

DO YOU KNOW:
True or False – the green bell pepper is ripe?

DO YOU KNOW:
True or False – peppers are a good source of Vitamin C?

DO YOU KNOW:
True or False – red peppers are fruits, are sweeter than green peppers and have more vitamin C than a green pepper?

So much interesting information. I can spend hours researching and actually lose time because I find this information fascinating and educational. Corny and nerdy but I love food and especially learning about fruits and vegetables, something I’ve not given a lot of thought to before.

DID YOU KNOW:
Unlike other members of the Capsicum family, bell peppers do not contain capsaicin, the compound that provides the pungency and kick to the spicier varieties of peppers. See http://servingjoy.com/fun-facts-of-bell-peppers/ .

DID YOU KNOW:
As bell peppers mature, their sugar and nutritional content also increase. Although green peppers might be crunchier, you can make your dishes sweeter and healthier with the brighter-colored red bell pepper. In addition to providing more Vitamins A and C, it contains the antioxidant lycopene, a nutrient not found in the green bell pepper.

DID YOU KNOW:
The bell pepper tops the list of foods with the highest levels of Vitamin C. A large red pepper provides more than 300% of your daily requirement of the nutrient; and has three times more Vitamin C than an orange.

How many of the quiz questions were you able to answer without researching or looking at the key? How many of the facts did you know before this article?

Until I researched for this article, I didn’t know the answers to the above. Bell peppers are another fruit (vegetable because that is how I have always thought of them) that I had an inkling were good for me but I didn’t know why. Now that I do, eating them will be even more enjoyable. I plan on stuffing as many as I can.

For a fun recipe check out Cooking with Grams

Until next Monday, try something new! And please share your experience with food and facts you find interesting.

Hugs,

Elizabeth

Additional information on peppers see – https://youtu.be/4A73jm4vo9M.

ANSWER KEY:

g – see  “introducing the capsicum to the world”. World Of Chillies. Retrieved 7 February 2015.

c – see http://www.thechileman.org/guide_species.php

d – see http://eol.org/pages/581098/overview

False – see https://www.huffpost.com/entry/difference-between-peppers_n_56def9efe4b03a405679fe7c

True – see

True – see https://jeffsnaturals.com/8-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-red-bell-peppers/

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