Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bell Pepper - Big Red

Botanical name: Capsicum annuum

Bell pepper or sweet pepper is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum (chili pepper). Big Red variety bell pepper produces thick, sweet fleshed fruits maturing to a bright red with 3 to 4 lobes. High yielding and excellent for either fresh markets or home gardens.

How to grow
Full sun is ideal. Keep soil warm and evenly moist during germination, but do not allow to become soggy. Water regularly. Sow seeds at 1/4 inch depth in fertile, well drained, neutral ph soil.

Temperature: 27 to 30 degrees Celsius (80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit)
Spacing: 2 inch spacing, in rows 18 to 24 inches apart
Germination Time: 2 to 4 weeks

Approximate 80 days

A red bell pepper is simply a mature green bell pepper. As a bell pepper ages, its flavor becomes sweeter and milder. Red bell peppers contain eleven times more beta carotene than green bell peppers. It contains rich in Vitamin C, A and dietary fiber.

Cooking info
Eating raw as salad, stuffed, roasted, stir-fried, and making soup.


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