Bell peppers are a wonderful combination of a tangy, sweet tasting and crunchy textured vegetable. They come in a wide array of colours ranging from green, red, yellow, orange, purple, brown, and even black! And, believe it or not, all these colours derive from the same plant known scientifically as Capsicum annuum.
Here at Sandy Shore Farms we grow over 100 acres of bell peppers. These are planted in the Spring and harvested at the end of July to mid-October. Our bell peppers are harvested by hand, loaded onto a harvest-aid, and then brought to Shore Fresh Packers – a pack house facility branched out of Sandy Shore – where they are thoroughly washed, cored, sliced, and distributed.
We take pride in the quality of bell peppers we grow and are grateful to live in a climate zone that favours the farming of peppers. The pictures below will give you a good look into our harvesting process.
Did You Know?
- Peppers were named by Christopher Columbus and other Spanish explorers who were searching for peppercorn plants to produce black pepper.
- Compared to green peppers, red peppers are known to have more vitamins and nutrients and contain the antioxidant lycopene. The level of carotene, like lycopene, is nine times higher in red peppers. Red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers.
- Bell pepper is an excellent source of vitamin C: One green bell pepper is equal to two oranges!
- The green peppers you purchase in the food market may actually be immature, non-ripe versions of the other color varieties. Interesting fact, however, neither all bell peppers start off green nor do green bell peppers always mature into other colors.