Introducing Mini Sweet Peppers...bet you can't eat just one!
Spotlight on Nutrition...mini sweet peppers are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential in collagen synthesis which is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs and bones. In addition to Vitamin C, mini sweet peppers also contain vitamin A and essential minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.
Did you know...
- The mini sweet peppers served in your cafeteria are grown in southern Boynton Beach at Pero Family Farms.
- All varieties of unripe pepper pods are green in color? It is only as the fruit matures that it gradually changes to its true genetic color of red, orange, or yellow.
- Though most people consider peppers to be a vegetables, they are actually a fruit because they are produced from a flowering plant and contain seeds.
- Christopher Columbus and the Spanish explorers gave peppers their name as they were searching for peppercorn plants to produce black pepper.
- Bell peppers are not seasonal produce, meaning that they are available all year around.
- The pulpy white inner cavityof the bell pepper (usually cut off and discarded) is a rich source of flavonoids and can be eaten.
Never tried a mini sweet pepper - you may be surprised at their small, crispy delicious bite size goodness.
From tiny seed...to the school cafeteria table
This year, Palm Beach County has been working with local farmers to purchase corn cobbettes, green beans, oranges, mini sweet peppers, and carrot & green bean medley. We are excited to announce grapefruit and strawberries will be arriving to district cafeterias very soon.
As result of our successful program implementation and the support from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, we have continued to increase our Farm to School offerings as well as strengthen our partnerships with local farms such as R.C. Hatton Farms, Inc. of Pahokee, Pero Family Farms of Delray Beach, and Localecopia, a local non-profit organization.