Enjoy the flavors of ‘Michigan Fresh’ peppers

posted on July 16, 2012 9:58am

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Peppers come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors. Each type contributes its own flavor to recipes. Michigan residents can learn to preserve and handle their favorite pepper varieties with help from Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’sMichigan Fresh” program.

Michigan residents can find a Michigan Fresh pepper fact sheet (MSU Extension bulletin number HNI101) featuring tips for pepper preservation and food safety, recipes and a list of recommended varieties. The fact sheet will be available beginning July 21 at farmers markets and the MSU Extension Bookstore.

Peppers provide numerous nutritional benefits. One medium sweet pepper contains 24 calories and is rich in vitamins A, B and C, fiber, potassium and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals contribute to supporting good eyesight, maintaining weight and boosting the immune system.

Canning and freezing are the best methods for preserving peppers. Preserved peppers can maintain their nutrients for a year.

When working with hot peppers, wear rubber gloves to prevent your hands from burning. Do not touch your eyes.

Every week this summer, Michigan Fresh fact sheets will feature information on varieties, storage, food safety and preservation for Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals. The fact sheets will be available online and at select Michigan farmers markets.

Michigan Fresh is an educational program from MSU Extension. The program helps people explore the state’s bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals. To learn more, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/programs/mi_fresh/.

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