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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Grown Peppers

Bell peppers can add color, flavor and nutrition to a myriad of entrees, side dishes and salads. Whether green, yellow or red, bell peppers complement almost any meal.

Including bell peppers in favorite recipes adds very little fat, no cholesterol and no sodium. Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain vitamin A.
 
Bell peppers from Georgia are available from mid-June through October.  Commercial production is centered primarily in the southwest region of Georgia.

The Scoop on Varieties

Green, yellow and red bell peppers are widely available.  Green peppers are harvested before they reach maturity and eventually turn bright red if left on the plant.  Yellow peppers are a different variety that are harvested when mature.  Georgia also grows other varieties of peppers.


Buyers Guide to Bell Peppers

  • Bell peppers should be well-shaped and firm.
  • Look for bell peppers with uniform, glossy color and thick walls.
  • Soft watery spots found on the sides of bell peppers indicate decay.
  • Avoid bell peppers with pale skin and soft, pliable flesh, which indicates immaturity.
  • Store bell peppers in the refrigerator crisper, and they will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
  • When cooking with bell peppers, remove the seeds before serving.

Best Ways to Enjoy Bell Peppers

  • Stuff bell peppers with rice, meat or salad fillings for a delicious side dish.
  • Brighten up tossed salads with bell pepper slices.
  • Grill bell peppers with tomatoes, onions, chicken, shrimp or beef for succulent shish kebobs.
  • Combine sliced bell peppers, cauliflower and broccoli with a vegetable dip for a healthy afternoon snack.
  • Stir fry bell peppers with chicken, pork or beef.
  • Add bell peppers to pasta salads for a light, nutritious lunch.
  • Chopped bell peppers add flavor and crunch to chicken or tuna salads.
  • Mix bell peppers in soups or stews for extra flavor.
  • Make a colorful pasta primavera using a selection of peppers and other vegetables.
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