I finally broke down and bought my first organic green bell peppers. Even knowing bell peppers that aren’t organic are high up on the list of produce you want to avoid because of pesticide contamination, the very high prices of organic bell peppers made me simply avoid them. And if the wife ever specifically asked for one from the grocery store-which only happened in the must-have situation whereby the trinity ( three vegetables, which includes green bell pepper ) must be used to make a proper plate of New Orleans Red Beans and Rice-I would find the smallest bell pepper I could find, hand it over to her, and try and quickly forget I ever purchased a grossly pesticide-contaminated green bell pepper.
The only local place where I can get organic bell peppers sells a two-pack of ( green ) bell peppers for $5.00. That’s $2.50 a piece and, for a former seasoned gardener and New Orleanian like myself, that’s just outrageously priced! Yet I’m happy to say, the desire for good ( health ) sense over dollars and cents finally prevailed, and the decision was made to only purchase organic bell peppers.
Large Organic Green Bell Pepper from Alderman Farms (Taste, Smell, and its Southern Louisiana and New Orleans Connection)
The University of Illinois does an informative article on green bell peppers , in which recognition is given to how often green bell peppers are used in Creole and Cajun cuisine. Personally, for me, the green bell pepper is so colored and seasoned to my palette, I sometimes actually get a hankering specifically for the smell and taste of green bell pepper. It’s very refreshing cold and raw, with a crisp texture and subtly sweet fragrance that makes it enjoyable to smell, bite and chew. A green bell pepper has a stronger, less-sweet smell and crisper crunch than its ripe cousins-red, yellow, pale and orange bell peppers.
A little bit more background on the use of green bell peppers in New Orleans is in order. Ripe bell peppers are used, but in New Orleans when you say I need some bell pepper from the store, you don’t think red or yellow, nor do you even specify the color green when saying “bell pepper.” In New Orleans, it’s always understood that if you say “bell pepper,” you mean a green bell pepper. The green bell pepper is an absolute staple in New Orleans culture.
Having just returned from having a sample bite of cold, raw ( green ) bell pepper from Alderman Farms-writing about it was just too much-I find the taste no different from how I described above the taste of the average green bell pepper. It’s slightly sweet, with a taste all its own that’s somewhat difficult to describe. One thing is for sure, I sure do like what God did with this produce.
Large Organic Green Bell Pepper from Alderman Farms (Location and Organic Certification)
Alderman Farms is located in sunny eastern Florida, several short miles west of Boynton Beach, at 9005 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Organic green bell peppers from Alderman Farms are certified organic by QCS or Quality Certification Services.
Watch Your Garden Grow, Peppers, University of Illinois, http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/peppers1.html
Palm Beach County.com, Alderman Farms, http://www.palmbeachcounty.com/directory/Fruits_,038_Vegetables/Wholesale/24890.html