National Pepper Month
There are thousands of different peppers that can be found all over the world, and November is the month when people should consider experiencing some of them. Why? Because November just so happens to be National Pepper Month.
During this month, people are encouraged to enjoy one of the many varieties of peppers that exist in the world. These can be relatively mild peppers such as bell peppers, pepperoncini, or banana peppers. Or, they can be peppers with a medium level of heat such as Anaheim peppers, poblano peppers, or jalapeños.
For those who like a little more heat, it can even be a pepper such as serrano, cayenne, or Thai chili peppers. It doesn’t matter which ones a person chooses, as long as they choose plenty of them all November long.
The History of National Pepper Month
Unfortunately, we’re unsure who invented National Pepper Month, or when it was created. All that we really know about this month is that it was created to help support the farmers all over the U.S. who grow all different types of wonderful peppers for the world to enjoy.
Fun Facts About Peppers
Since we enjoy being a little bit spicy with our holiday articles, we thought now would be a great time to lay down some of the fun facts that we’ve learned about peppers. The following facts are fun, informative, and above all, spicy. We hope everyone reading enjoys them.
- Bell peppers are not vegetables but are actually fruits.
- The only member of the pepper family that doesn’t produce any capsaicin is the bell pepper.
- A bell pepper has three times the daily requirement of Vitamin C than an orange.
- Yellow, orange, and red bell peppers are merely green bell peppers that have continued to ripen.
- As bell peppers ripen, they become sweeter. That’s why red bell peppers are sweeter than green ones.
- Chile peppers can be used to intensify the flavor of hot chocolate.
- Paprika is made from dried and ground red peppers.
- Over two-thirds of Canada’s bell pepper production is grown in Ontario.
Observing National Pepper Month
National Pepper Month can be enjoyed simply by taking the time to enjoy peppers. This includes not only a variety of different peppers but also a variety of different ways of preparing them.
How many different ways can you prepare peppers? Well, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different ways to prepare peppers. A person can make Stuffed Peppers, Pickled Peppers, Sausage and Peppers, Sicilian Caponata, Middle Eastern Muhammara, Pork and Peppers, and Ratatouille.