Facts of the Bell Pepper
Where the hell do these awesome fruit come from?
– Peppers are native to Mexico, Central America, and South America in terms of their home countries of origin.
– They were mainly found in Peru and they were cultivated mainly in South America. Christopher Columbus brought them to Europe in the year 1493. Europeans had given their name, for the only pepper they had known about until that time frame were black and white peppercorn spices mainly.
– And while they have the same name they are not related. The spices grown and that are grinded down are from the seeds of the plant species called Piper nigrum or simply the “black grounded pepper plant” haha quote on quote. Our actual Bell Peppers belong to the species Capsicum, Capsicum annuum which is one group of Capsicum species that grow mainly the United States modern daily. Tabasco and Habanero peppers which belong to other species. Peppers are also in the nightshade family surprisingly along with other types of fruit. The dried peppers later on brought from the West Indies were much hotter than the pepper of the Caucasus as many Europeans claimed. The broad term of pepper had stuck around ever since that time frame.
– It should be noted there are many types of peppers and bell peppers so this will definitely vary from different pepper to pepper. It should be known that the green bell pepper is typically the Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Pepper before ripened until it’s final stage. This will also apply to the lesser known Bell Peppers (The Violet/Purple, Brown, White and Black Bell Peppers respectively). So for the sake of this blog we will use the green bell pepper aka the unripen stage of the average Red Bell Pepper.
- 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper (Scale Approx. 2-3/4″ long, 2-1/2″ Dia.) (119g) will have 24 calories.
- Total Fat is 0.2 g (Saturated Fat 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g)
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Sodium 4 mg
- Potassium 208 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 6 g
- Dietary Fiber 2 g
- Sugar 2.9 g
- Protein 1 g
- Vitamin A 8%
- Vitamin B-6 15%
- Vitamin B-12 0%
- Vitamin C 159%
- Vitamin D 0%
- Calcium 1%
- Magnesium 3%
- Iron 2%
For those that do not know percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This would be according to the USDA standard. So typically eating any heathy foods or produce in this case is ideal, it would also be ideal to eat food that is nowadays organic and not GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and while it is great now that people are waking up to the truth of synthetic and processed foods this must be known and taken to a grand scale.
Why eat organic?
Well there is a lot of confusion what is going on lately in the world, the fact is cross breeding foods and creating hybrid species isn’t as secretive as it used to be, as this has actually been done for thousands of years. Certain plants used to be a lot bitter or harder to eat, certain wild plants have now been cultivated now easier for our bodies to digest and consume. However in the last century certain plants have been genetically modified now through other means, this happens from artificial hormones. For example medical groups are now condemning the use of the GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk treated from cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin- like growth factor 1) which in short is linked to cancer. There are many different types of all this shit, by now it should almost be common sense not to eat McDonalds. It’s not 100% beef at all in those patties and a lot of filler of other things is used and God knows what the hell could even be and there are many different theories all of which so far what I have read definitely should not be eaten. Corn, Soybeans and wheat now are the top 3 typically most genetically modified foods and they are found in mostly everything. Think about it for a moment when was being allergic to gluten a problem let’s say a couple decades ago even? Wheat has been used for 2000 years, this is only problem now because higher organizations have tampered with what was once a natural plant. There are a lot of overall health conditions now and this will never stop now until a very great change one day happens.