Feature Veggie-Cubanelle Pepper
Cubanelle Peppers are from the family Capsicum annuum. Itâ€™s a large family of peppers including anaheims, poblanos, casabels, de arbols, jalapenos, cayenne, banana and bell peppers. Cubanelleâ€™s are quite low on the Scoville heat scale, considered a sweet peppers (or just above) . They are a great all around pepper, their flavor improves with roasting.
Cubanelle peppers are a light green when unripe, they darken into a bright red when fully ripe. They can be consumed at any stage. Cubanelleâ€™s are substituted for Poblanoâ€™s or Anaheims in many recipes for great pepper flavor without as much heat.
When selecting cubanelle peppers they should be firm and glossy. Avoid those with soft spots or broken skin. They should have a green stem regardless of pepper color. Do not wash peppers before storing. Green cubanelleâ€™s will keep for about a week in the crisper, red cubanelleâ€™s should be used as soon as possible because they will not keep for more than a couple days.
Used roasted cubanelle peppers on salads, pizza or hoagie sandwiches. Roasted cubanelleâ€™s can be pureed into a paste or slather for sandwiches, appetizers, etc. Â Young cubanelle’s are used in yellow mole. Â Stuff roasted cubanelle peppers as in relleno pie, or stuff with a combo of rice and meat and smother with ranchera sauce.
Nutritionally peppers are stacked – 1 Cup of cubanelle has about 45 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber. Vitamins include A, C, E, K, and B6. They contain a good amount of folate, niacin and riboflavin. Red Cubanelle peppers contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium. Just one cup provides 93% of your vitamin A recommend for the day. That is one healthy veggie!
Cubanelleâ€™s are a great garden variety of pepper to grow. They will produce fruit after 65-80 days and will keep flowering as long is itâ€™s warm to produce more peppers. It is a popular contain garden pepper. Fertilize once a month after flowers form with a 5,10,10 mix. Peppers thrive in full sun and require well drained soil.
Cubanelle peppers often have a twist in their growth makes no two alike in shape.
Cubanelle peppers are thought to have originated from the Caribbean islands.