Both sweet and hot peppers are part of the capsicum family.
Capsicum, the vegetable group to which all kind of peppers belong, are part of the treasures Columbus brought back from the New World. Now there are varieties growing in virtually every part of the world.
Chili & peppers
Bell, Marmara, piquillo, wherever you turn your head you'll find peppers... particularly chili peppers are among every cook favored ingredients.. green chili peppers -not too hot, not too mild- spice up any salsa, red hot chili peppers to bring out color while turning up the heat. Minute Thai chili peppers, fiercely hot -be careful with the cayenne, then.
All about peppers, including recipes
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Bell peppers are members of the nightshade family. You'll find them in all colors: yellow, orange, red and green. The yellow ones are the sweetest, while the green peppers have the sharper flavor. Choose always peppers with a firm flesh and shiny skin. Discard the seeds, white membranes and hard core.
Grill or broil whole peppers, washed, for 5-8 minutes at the highest setting, turning frequently, until the skin blackens -alternatively, place peppers in a pan and roast for 40-45 minutes at 400°F. Cover and leave them to cool for 15-20 minutes. Rub off the skin, remove seeds and wash. Use them to prepare a roasted pepper soup, roasted pepper and onion pie. For quick a roasted pepper side salad, sauté sliced garlic in olive oil and pour over the roasted pepper, cut into wide strips. Roasted pepper strips make a great garnish for a risotto or paella dish.
Go and stuff a pepper! So you see how to handle bell peppers and prepare great stuffed pepper dishes..
Jalapeño peppers have found a place in recipes from all over the world.