Our BC grown Local Mixed Sweet Peppers are crisp and flavourful.
The colours come mostly from their maturity level. Typically, a pepper starts green (the green bell pepper) and matures into one of the many variety of colours. There are exceptions.
Bell peppers are the only member of the capsicum family that contain a recessive gene which stops them from producing capsaicin. Capsaicin is the natural compound which creates the hotness we experience when eating chilies. No capsaicin means no heat and a flat zero on the pepper scale.
All bell peppers have a ton of vitamins and antioxidants to them. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, other vitamins and carotenoids. The key to maxing out the benefit is all in the color. As bell peppers mature, their levels of these compounds increase too. A fully mature red bell pepper will be chock full of these health benefits, sometimes over ten times more than what they had as a young green pepper!
Red bell peppers also have the benefit of containing lycopene, a very powerful carotenoid also found in tomatoes. It’s been linked to helping prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes among other amazing qualities. So, if you’re looking to maximize your health benefit, lean towards the more mature peppers.