Capsicum - Green
Here's an interesting fact: green, yellow and red capsicums are actually the same! Green capsicums are picked 7-10 days before they take on their fully mature red colour. Green capsicums are crisp and tangy; great for dips, stir-fries, stuffing and barbeques!
How do we make sure we provide top quality green capsicums?
Simple - we grow them ourselves! Sam draws on three generations of horticultural experience to grow fresh, crisp and full-flavoured green capsicums. When we harvest, we hand-pick capsicums and make sure the skin is firm, glossy and bright; no wrinkles, no soft spots, and no blemishes. We especially pay attention to the point where the stalk meets the skin - this tends to be the first area to show signs of decay. The shape of the capsicum is not an indicator of freshness or quality; it varies with soil type and climatic conditions. Neither is colour; all capsicums start off green and reach optimal maturity when they are red!
Where do we source our green capsicums from?
Our green capsicums usually come direct from our farm - planted, cultivated and hand-picked by Sam and the team. They grow well in our quick-draining and nutrient rich soils. When conditions aren't favourable to growing green capsicums on our farm (due to seasonality, crop rotation etc), we source from either the Goulburn Valley or Sunraysia regions; there are a number of experienced and established growers in these regions.
What is the best way to keep green capsicums?
Capsicums are best stored at about 7-10°C and 90%-98% relative humidity, in an airtight plastic bag. Because they are younger, green capsicums tend to store better than red or yellow capsicums. If you store cut capsicum, try wrapping it in a paper towel - this absorbs excess moisture and makes it last longer in the fridge.
Green capsicum nutritional information
By weight, green capsicums have twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit. They are also a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium and antioxidants, which neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.
Green capsicum serving tips and suggestions
A native of Central and South America, capsicums are now grown all around the world, and used in dishes from all continents. Their brilliant colour means they not only add flavour, they also add a little bit of aesthetic zeal to your meal!