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Golden Treasure Chile Peppers
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Golden Treasure peppers are long, thin peppers that taper to a point. The two-lobed peppers can grow from 6 to 9 inches in length and up to two inches across at the shoulders. The length and may be slightly curved in shape. The Italian pepper matures from a bright green to a shiny, golden orange-yellow. Golden Treasure peppers are thick walled and have thin skins. Golden Treasure peppers have a very sweet taste and crisp, juicy texture. The sweet peppers contain no capsaicin.
Golden Treasure peppers are available in the summer and fall months.
Golden Treasure peppers are a sweet variety of Capsicum annuum, with no trace of spice. The pepper is an Italian heirloom variety, known often as a “frying pepper” or “Cubanelle”.
Golden Treasure peppers contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, as evidenced by the deep yellow-orange color of the skin. The vitamin A also has anti-oxidant benefits. The sweet peppers also contain B-complex vitamins, which help replenish the body.
Golden Treasure peppers are most often used as Italian frying peppers. Rinse peppers under cool water and pat dry. Remove the stem and calyx, seeds and placenta. Golden Treasure peppers can be cut into rings and sautéed with other vegetables. Keep peppers whole for stuffing, grilling, roasting. Golden Treasure peppers can also be pickled to preserve. Store Golden Treasure peppers in the refrigerator, loosely wrapped in plastic, for up to one week.
Traditionally, Italian frying peppers are used in all aspects of Italian cooking. The peppers came to Italy via early explorers of the Caribbean islands, where peppers seeds were likely transported by birds from the mainland. Peppers took well to the Mediterranean climate and because they cross-pollinate and cross-breed very easily, hundreds of varieties have since popped up. Italian cooks took to frying, stuffing, roasting and pickling the plentiful peppers.
All members of Capsicum annuum were originally native to South and Central America, and were brought to Europe by explorers and travelers. Golden Treasure peppers are good producers and grow well in all regions of the United States. The plant grows anywhere from two to 2 and a half feet tall, with bright green leaves. The Italian heirloom Golden Treasure peppers are not produced commercially, and are most often found at local farmer’s markets and in home gardens.