How Much Do Bell Peppers Cost?
A bell pepper, also known as a sweet pepper, pepper, or capsicum, is a cultivar group belonging to the species Capsicum annuum. Bell peppers are named so for their bell-like shape. Cultivars of this plant produce fruits in diverse colors, including green, yellow, orange, red, purple, vanilla/white, and chocolate/brown. Bell peppers are, at times, grouped with less pungent varieties of pepper as “sweet peppers.”
Today, China is the largest pepper producer in the world, followed by Indonesia and Mexico. The flavor of ripe peppers may vary depending on the growing conditions as well as post-harvest storage treatment; the sweetest bell peppers are ones allowed to ripen fully while on the plant in full sunshine. Fruit harvested green and then after-ripened in storage are generally less sweet.
How much is it?
- The cost of bell peppers can run from around $2 to as much as $5 per pound, depending on the time of year and geographical location. Since a pepper weighs around a half pound, that is around $1 to $2.50 for each bell pepper.
- According to ProduceRetailer.com, green peppers can be found for as little as $0.50 each, while colored peppers can often be found for $1 in the peak seasons.
What is going to be included?
- Bell peppers are native to Central America, northern South America and Mexico.
- Bell peppers have a mild, sweet flavor and crisp juicy flesh. Most often, bell peppers are red, green, yellow, and orange (between stages of ripening). More rarely, though, the color can be white, rainbow, lavender, brown and dark purple, depending upon the variety of pepper. Green peppers are typically less sweet and slightly more bitter compared to orange or yellow bell peppers, with red peppers being the sweetest.
- The ideal growing conditions for capsicums include warm soil, ideally 70 to 84 Fahrenheit. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged. This is because bell peppers are sensitive to an plenty of moisture and excessive temperatures.
- Not only is bell pepper an excellent carotenoid source, but also a source of more than 30 different constituents of the carotenoid nutrient family.
What are the extra costs?
- Organic produce is generally more in demand at present, so you can expect to pay a premium for organic bell peppers of any color, beginning at $0.50 per fruit each in-season and going to an upwards of $8 per pound (or $4 per fruit) when out of season.
Tips to know:
- A recent research from Spain took a close examination on vitamin E, vitamin C, and 6 of the carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin) in all commonly eaten foods. They found that just two vegetables contained no less than two-thirds of all the listed nutrients. Tomato was one of these foods, while the other was sweet bell pepper. Alone, bell peppers provided 12 percent of the total zeaxanthin found in the diets of the participants. (Bell pepper also offered 7% of the total vitamin C intake by the participants.)
How can I save money?
- Opt to buy bell peppers when they are in season, (summer through early fall) within an average location, since they can cost from around $0.25 to $1 each.
- Be on the lookout for special sales or promotions when in season.
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