There is no doubt that peppers are spicy. Take a look at a few hot sauce ads. There will be at least one with a blazing red pepper on the logo. But did you know that peppers can be sweet, too? If you haven’t heard of it, then now’s the time to brush up on your sweet pepper knowledge.
Sweet peppers, as their name suggests, aren’t spicy. Instead, they give a mild pepper taste to any dish. Some chefs chop off the pepper into thin slices so that the taste mixes well with the other components of the food.
If you want to know more about these sweet peppers, here are 9 different types for you to choose from.
Green Bell Peppers
First up on the list is the green bell peppers. Green bell peppers are a kind of bell pepper known for its sweet flavor. They are so famous that even kids can distinguish them on their food.
Green bell peppers are often mixed with different vegetables. They are often diced when mixed with egg, meat, and pasta. They can even be served stuffed with ground meat, egg, rice, and vegetables inside. Green bell peppers are often the number one choice for dishes because they are crunchy and juicy. It’s a lot like the vegetable counterpart of a hollow green apple.
Red Bell Peppers
Next in popularity is the red bell pepper. Just like the green bell peppers, it is very crunchy and sweet. It is so sweet and juicy that some like biting into red bell peppers.
Aside from its taste and texture, red bell peppers are used by a lot of people because of its bright red color. They are used more often on salads than the green bell peppers because they give a vibrant appearance to the dish. Some would argue that red bell peppers are sweetest among all the bell pepper types. They are so sweet that serving roasted red bell peppers is not unusual.
Now you might be wondering how different a red bell pepper is from green bell pepper. As an added fact, these two kinds of peppers are the same bell peppers. The former is a fully ripened version of the latter. This is why red bell peppers are sweeter.
Orange Bell Peppers
And then you have orange bell peppers. Orange bell peppers are not like their green and red counterparts. Sure, they can be juicy and crunchy, but they are not as tasteful. This makes the orange bell peppers a good addition for dishes that want a mild sweet kick.
In terms of ripeness, orange bell peppers come close to red bell peppers. There are times when they are fully ripe even if they haven’t turned red. But when it comes to nutritional content, they have almost the same amount of nutrients as the red bell peppers.
Violet Bell Peppers
Probably the least favorite bell pepper in the market is the violet bell pepper. It has the same color with an eggplant except that it has a bell pepper shape. In the ripeness meter, it is riper than the green bell peppers but less ripe than the orange or yellow bell peppers.
Violet bell peppers are uncommon because they aren’t tasty. They have a very mild sweetness and sometimes, the taste is easily overpowered by the other spices and vegetables. If you’ve tried cooking purple bell peppers, you would know that they aren’t the most colorful when cooked. They turn a brownish color that doesn’t look appealing when used on salads and meat dishes.
After the bell pepper family comes the Cubanelle peppers. Cubanelle peppers are long and mildly curvy peppers. They are often sold at their unripe stage and just ripen when stored in the fridge or when cooked after a few days.
Cubanelle peppers are very tasty. They have this sweet flavor that is sometimes sweeter than bell peppers. It’s the perfect substitute for bell peppers because they can be used in sauteeing and stuffing.
Italian Frying Peppers
Italian frying peppers, as the name suggests, are the kind of peppers perfect for frying. The best way to do this is to chop them in strips and to fry them in olive oil. Their sweet flavor coupled with the rustic taste of the oil makes a perfect side dish before you start your Italian meals. If not fried, Italian frying peppers can be used as added vegetables in sandwiches.
If you want to fool people into eating peppers, then you should choose sweet cherry peppers. This kind of pepper is a like tomato that has a mild spiciness to it. Yes, it’s sweet, but when eaten alone you will taste the spiciness in it.
The most common way to enjoy cherry peppers is to eat them as is. You can roast or fry them to lessen the spicy flavor, but they can be chewed on their own. You can also chop them so that you can add them to salads or vegetable dishes.
Compared to the other peppers, banana peppers resemble a medium-sized chili pepper. They look a lot like a thinner banana and have the same yellow color. Although you can eat them raw, banana peppers are best consumed when they are pickled. You can create your own pickled banana pepper, but they are already sold in jars in groceries. Sometimes they are called “yellow wax peppers”.
And finally, you have your pimiento peppers. Pimiento peppers are red in color and they look like straightened cubanelle peppers. The best way to eat pimiento peppers is to roast them and chop them into thin slices. The roasting helps bring out the sweetness in the peppers that you wouldn’t taste when you eat them raw.
These 9 sweet peppers show you that there is more to peppers than its spiciness and red color. Dishes from around the world make use of a lot of peppers. You’ll be surprised at how they change the appearance and sweetness of a dish.
- Peppers, Hot and Sweet – HowStuffWorks
- How Can You Tell the Difference Between Bell Peppers & Sweet Peppers? – Hunker