Capsicum is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family Solanaceae. It is also known as bell pepper, sweet pepper, or pepper and comes in different colors; including red, yellow, orange, and green. Its color refers to its level of maturity; yellow capsicums are more mature than the green ones and with a fruitier taste and crunchy texture. The whitish ribs and seeds inside the fruit may be consumed, but some people find the taste to be bitter.
You can use bell peppers for raw and cooked applications roasting, grilling, baking, and stir-frying. You can chop the sweet pepper and toss it into green salads. Also, you can try to slice and layer the bell peppers on vegetable platters with dips such as hummus, yogurt, or dressings. Bell peppers can be canned or pickled. You can use bell peppers as a topping on pizzas, or grill them and place them in sandwiches. Also, use them in pasta dishes.
Store unwashed peppers in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and they will keep up to one week.
1 pound of ground beef
4 medium red, yellow or green bell peppers
1/2 cup minced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions, drained
1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)