What Is a Red Capsicum?

Save

Red capsicums, commonly known as red peppers, are not classified as a vegetable. They are actually a fruit, and belong to the Solanaceae family. The Solanaceae family includes tomatoes, petunias, tobacco and potatoes.

Identification

  • Capsicum is the proper name given to the group of annual plants that includes the jalapeno, cayenne and other bell peppers. Red capsicum refers to the varieties that turn a red color when they are mature.

Types

  • There are several types of red capsicum: the large red capsicum, the bullhorn and the baby red variety. Each type has a distinctive taste and appearance.

Uses

  • Red capsicums are used mainly in spicy dishes; they add heat and flavor to ethnic dishes. Other types can add sweetness with a mild, peppery flavor.

Benefits

  • Red capsicums have high amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene. One red capsicum has enough vitamin C to supply the daily allowance to as many as 10 people.

History

  • Christopher Columbus brought capsicums back to Spain from the West Indies. They quickly spread across Asia, Africa and India, eventually reaching all the way to Australia.

Fun Fact

  • Evidence suggests that capsicums have been a part of our diet since 7500 B.C. Cultivation of the capsicum has been documented as far back as 5000 B.C.

Related Searches

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • Is Capsicum a Fruit or a Vegetable?

    The capsicum plant produces edible peppers, which are fruit to a botanist and vegetables to a cook. All pepper plants are capsicums....

  • How to Use Cayenne Pepper

    Cayenne pepper is a hot chili pepper which is commonly used in spicy dishes. However, in addition to cayenne pepper's many culinary...

  • How to Grow Capsicums

    The Capsicum name refers to both sweet and hot peppers. They have been used in cooking from Asia to South America to...

  • What Are the Benefits of Red Potatoes?

    Potatoes have been a staple in diets around the world for hundreds of years because of their abundance, year-round availability, low cost...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!