There are literally hundreds of chili pepper varieties grown in-ground and in greenhouses around the world, with new hybrids showing up on the scene every year. They are a popular addition to recipes ranging from stir-fries to appetizers and preserves, and can also be smoked, dried and ground into spice. Chili peppers are categorized by heat levels via the Scoville scale. SCU (Scoville Heat Units) are based on the concentration of capsaicinoids, or the active component of chili peppers. Interestingly, capsaicin is a chemical irritant for mammals only, which means the heat from superhot varieties won’t bother birds or insects. Chili pepper categories are sweet and mild, medium, medium-hot, hot and superhot.
Most of us are familiar with green, red and yellow bell peppers of the sweet variety. They are classified botanically as a fruit, but used as a vegetable in recipes. Try them in sliced in salads for a nice crunch and added flavour. They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and you can even freeze them for later use. Jalapenos are another easy-to-use chili pepper and taste amazing when chopped fine, and added to guacamole or refried bean burritos and enchiladas.
Chili peppers are easy to grow, so may want to try saving the seeds from produce to plant. Dry them out first, then plant in a seed starting soil mix and keep them moist. These are Mediterranean plants, so they need heat this time of year to germinate. Keep them on a heat mat or on a window sill over a heat register until they sprout, then they can be planted in your garden or greenhouse when the season allows.

Shop With Us for Fresh Chili Peppers

We carry a wide variety of fresh produce including favourite varieties of chili peppers grown by local producers. The Vegetarian Butcher is all about replicating that meat-loving taste and texture with healthy plant-based alternatives for vegan and vegetarian grocery shoppers.

Shop online or visit us in Kelowna, Gastown, White Rock or Langley for a fresh selection of pre-made salads, sandwiches and wraps featuring fresh sprouts and microgreens.

Our Kelowna location is at 3957 Lakeshore Road, #103 | Phone: (250) 448-3951

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