Capsicum

Capsicum

A Comprehensive Guide

Capsicum (bell peppers ) are colorful and lively ingredients that add zesty punch to our meals, while providing numerous health benefits that we will explore here in this blog.

What Is Capsicum And Where Did It Originate

Capsicum, native to America, has a cultivation history dating back millennia; Christopher Columbus is often credited with spreading it around the globe. From being used in Native American medicine to adding flavorful spice blends in cuisine all around the globe, Capsicum has come a long way over time.

    Capsicum in Different Indian Languages

    Capsicum is known by many names in India; among these include Shimla Mirch in Hindi, Kuda Mulaku in Malayalam and Bhara Mirch in Punjabi to name just a few.

      How Can I Select an Appropriate Capsicum?

      When choosing capsicums, look for ones with tight skin without any soft spots or blemishes, that are heavy for their size and boast green, healthy stems.

        Interesting Facts about Capsicum

        An intriguing aspect of capsicums is their diversity in color – not only green but red, yellow, orange and even purple bell peppers can exist!

        Nutritional Benefits of Capsicum

        Capsicums offer many healthful advantages. Their calories are low, they contain abundant amounts of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, plus fiber-rich vegetables like celery.

        Different Types of Capsicum

        Capsicums come in many varieties, from bell peppers (green, red and yellow), jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers and habaneros – each variety offers its own distinct taste; from sweet to hot or spicy!

        Capsicum Uses

        Capsicum can be used in various dishes from salads, stir-fry dishes and roasting to stuffing and even creating sauces. Its vibrant hue and distinct crunch add depth of flavor and spice up any meal!

        Storing Capsicum Correctly

        Capsicum should be stored in a plastic bag in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator for approximately one week after unwashing, and cut bell peppers must also be refrigerated until being consumed within several days.

          Health Benefits of Capsicum

          Capsicums offer many health benefits for humans, from improving immunity to maintaining eye health, weight loss and even improving digestion. Their active ingredient capsaicin has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties as well as providing anti-oxidative protection.

            Who Should Avoid Consuming Capsicum?

            Although capsicum is generally safe, those suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find their symptoms worsen after consuming it. Furthermore, it may irritate their GI tract leading to stomach pains or diarrhea for some individuals.

              Conclusion

              Capsicums have long been an indispensable staple in our homes due to their nutritional benefits and versatile use in meals, making them a welcome choice at fruit and vegetable markets across the country. Why not pick up some capsicums when shopping next time.