Did you know that one in five peppers that are produced go to waste?
This is crazy when you consider the incredible health benefits of peppers. The nutrient content of bell peppers is impressive. They are rich source of vitamin C which helps to boost immunity and eliminate free radicals from the body. They also contain good levels of vitamin A and B complex vitamins which have disease preventing and health promoting properties.
As a food that is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, peppers provide us with important anti-cancer benefits.
Peppers are a fruit…yes we were surprised too! They are part of the chilli pepper family. They have a lovely delicate peppery flavour and crunchy texture and come in a wide array of vivid colours.
Their firm, crunchy consistency together with delicate sweet flavour makes them one of the most sought after vegetable items in cooking. We have shared some recipes below for inspiration.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
1 tsp cumin and paprika
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
100g walnut halves
225g roasted red peppers
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 crushed garlic clove
2 tbsp lemon juice
1. Throw the paprika and cumin in a pan with the olive oil until fragrant.
2. Whizz the rest of the ingredients in a blender.
3. Season with salt and pepper and your dip is ready to serve.
Baby Spinach and Bell Pepper Salad
1 red bell pepper
6 oz baby spinach
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1. In a large bowl, mix the baby spinach, red bell pepper and Parmesan cheese.
2. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and rice vinegar.
3. Toss with the baby spinach mixture and serve.
We are aiming to take on food waste in the home. Globally, we use land 165 times the size of Ireland to grow food that is never eaten! Every year in Ireland, 180,000 tonnes of perfectly good delicious food goes to waste from households. This is enough food to feed 100,000 families for a year. We want to do something about it and we need your help to save these foods from going in the bin.
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