Italian Long Sweet Red Chile Peppers
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Italian Long Sweet Red peppers are typically between 6 and 8 inches long, though they can grow up to one foot long in some climates. The Italian frying peppers are about an inch and a half wide and as the pepper gets longer it may curl or twist. The sweet peppers mature from lime green to a dark, glossy red color. Italian Long Sweet Red peppers have thin walls that are crisp when raw and cook quickly when sautéed. The peppers are sweet with a flavorful aroma, much like a bell pepper.
Italian Long Sweet Red peppers may be found year-round with peak season in the fall months.
Italian Long Sweet Red peppers are a variety of Capsicum annuum, commonly referred to as ‘Sweet Italian Frying’ peppers or ‘Italian Sweet Relleno’ peppers. There are several varieties of Italian Long Sweet Red pepper, such as the Jimmy Nardello, an heirloom variety brought to the United States in the late 19th century.
Sweet pepper, or bell peppers, contain high amounts of vitamin C, as much as three times that of an orange. Sweet peppers also contain beneficial amounts of vitamins A, E and K, B-complex vitamins as well as folate and fiber.
Italian Long Sweet Red peppers are ideal for frying, stuffing or using fresh for salads. To fry the sweet Italian peppers in the traditional style, heat olive oil in a pan and add the whole peppers, lightly frying until the skin is translucent or browned on both sides. Leaving the seeds and stem on the pepper adds to the overall flavor when frying the peppers. Sauteed peppers are added to pastas or served as a side dish. The Long Sweet Red peppers are also used in the traditional Italian recipe for sausage and peppers. The long peppers can also be stuffed with cheese or ground meats and baked or roasted on their own. Italian Long Sweet Red peppers will keep for up to four days when kept in the refrigerator. Leave peppers unwashed until they are ready for use.
In Italian cooking, there are four main types of pepper: pepperoncini, the most commonly grown and used, sweet peppers, like the Italian Long Sweet Red pepper, black pepper and bell peppers. Peppers are as much a part of traditional Italian cooking as tomatoes. Sweet peppers are often added to pizzas, pastas, salads and meat dishes.
Italian Long Sweet Red peppers are native to Italy, where they are a major part of Italian cuisine. The peppers are most often used when green and not as sweet, but are also left to mature to their sweeter, red state. Members of Capsicum annuum are originally native to South America and the Caribbean, or West Indies. Spanish and Portuguese explorers, namely Christopher Columbus, brought seeds from these peppers back to Europe where they quickly spread and became popular throughout the Mediterranean. Italian Long Sweet Red peppers are not commercially produced, though they can be found at smaller farms and at farmer’s markets in temperate climates.