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Capsicum (Sweet Peppers)



How to prepare Capsicum (sweet bell peppers) and

How to cook Capsicum (sweet bell peppers)


Common Names: Capsicum, Bell Peppers , Sweet Peppers, Red Peppers, Green Peppers
Family: Solanaceae
In Season: August - September   (best)
Buying: Choose firm specimens with shiny  unblemished smooth skins
Storing: Refrigerate in the crisper drawer for up to 6 days

General - Preparing Peppers

Rinse well in cold water. Cut off the stalk to 1cm/½-inch or remove completely if required. As the skin is edible, there is no need to peel unless the recipe specifically requires this.  Cut in half lengthways and remove the seeds and as much of the white pith as possible. If stuffing, you can just slice off the top (stalk end), remove the seeds and as much pith as possible and then use the top as a "lid" once the main body has been filled.


Optional Preparations/Cuts  (see Main Vegetable Preparation Page for  explanations and photos)


Baton Brunoise Chunk Cube Dice/chop Grate Julienne
x y y x y x y
Matchstick Mashed Paysanne Puréed Shred Slice Sulfrino
y x x y y y x




Cooking times and suitable methods for cooking Peppers




Whole/wedges = 25-45 minutes

Slices = 20-30 minutes - coat with oil and season



Chunks  =  15-25 minutes


y Slices/chunks/dice  4 - 10 minutes 


y Slices/chunks  = 4 - 6 minutes   


y Slices/chunks  20-30 minutes


y Whole/Halves+45  minutes (see individual recipes)

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