Sweet peppers have no capsaicin, hence no heat. They do have a pleasant bite, though. Bell peppers are most common. Green peppers are simply red or yellow peppers that haven't ripened. As they mature, they turn various shades until they become completely red. Once ripe, they are more perishable, so they carry a premium price. But many people favor the milder taste that these varieties provide. Cubanelles, Italian frying peppers, are a bit more intense in flavor and are preferred for roasting or sauteing.
Bell peppers are perfect for grilling.
To cool the fire of hot peppers, cut away the inside white membrane and discard the seeds. Wash hands, utensils, and cutting boards with soap and water after handling them and use gloves to prevent the oils from irritating your hands. Avoid touching your eyes while handling peppers.
Bell peppers are delicious raw. They develop a stronger flavor when cooked; overcooked, they are bitter.
Sure, peppers look and taste great, but they're also good for you. In the next section, we'll talk about the health benefits of peppers.
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- Grilling Peppers: Learn how to grill peppers.
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