Fun Food Facts
- In 2012, Ontario produced more than 68 million pounds of field-grown peppers. Although red peppers start out as green while they’re on the plant, they don’t change colour after picking.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of...perfect peppers! Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A. Both boost your body’s germ-fighting ability. Positively powerful!
Plantings of greenhouse peppers in Ontario began in the mid- to late 1980s in the Niagara area. Since then, Essex, Kent and Lambton Counties are also growing Ontario greenhouse peppers – about 492 acres or the size of 276 soccer fields!
Most greenhouse peppers in Ontario are produced in hydroponic systems. This means that gravel and a special type of wool are used instead of soil. Which greenhouse pepper is the most popular?
Eat it up!
Crunchy Pepper Snacks
- Tri-coloured veggies and dip: Cut red, yellow and orange Ontario field or greenhouse peppers into strips. Dip into your favourite dressing for a crunchy-licious snack.
- Pepper boats: Cut Ontario field or greenhouse peppers into big wedges. Fill with hummus. Enjoy!