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Gypsy Bell Peppers
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Gypsy peppers are small to medium in size, averaging ten centimeters in length and five centimeters in diameter, and have narrow shoulders with an elongated, tapered shape, similar in appearance to the shape of a jalapeno. The thin skin transitions from a pale yellow-green to a deep orange-red with maturity and is firm and smooth with a light green stem. Underneath the skin, the pale green flesh is crisp, juicy, and succulent with a wide, hollow cavity filled with many small, cream-colored seeds. When young and green, Gypsy peppers are crunchy and have a slightly acidic flavor. As they mature, Gypsy peppers develop a complex, sugary sweet taste with notes of floral.
Gypsy peppers are available in the summer through late fall.
Gypsy peppers, botanically classified as Capsicum annuum, are an heirloom, hybrid variety that can grow up to forty-five centimeters in height and are members of the Solanaceae family. Also known as a Cubanelle, Gypsy sweet peppers are a hand-bred cross of a sweet pepper and a bell pepper and can be harvested at any stage in maturity. The Gypsy plant is a prolific producer and can grow 50-100 peppers in a season, given the right conditions. Gypsy peppers are favored for their thin skin and sweet flavor and were popular in home gardens before they found a niche within restaurants in the early 2000s as a quick-cooking sweet pepper.
Gypsy sweet peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and folate. They also contain manganese, potassium, copper, and vitamin K.
Gypsy peppers are best suited for both raw and cooked applications such as frying, roasting, or stuffing and can be used at any stage of ripeness, from pale green to red-orange. The pale-colored young peppers are well-suited for Eastern European recipes, whereas the mature red ones are much sweeter and pair well with Mediterranean recipes. Gypsy peppers are good for stuffing because unlike the thick walls of bell peppers, the thinner skin cooks more evenly and is less likely to be undercooked when the stuffing is through cooking. The thin-skinned Gypsy pepper is also ideal for frying or roasting because they don’t require peeling. Gypsy peppers can be used fresh and added to sandwiches, salads, or used in dips. They can also be diced and sautéed, charred for a smoky sweetness, or chopped and mixed into stir-fries. Gypsy peppers pair well with grilled fish, poultry, pancetta, corn, shallots, garlic, red onions, paprika, manchego cheese, parmesan cheese, bread pudding, panko breadcrumbs, basil, thyme, Italian parsley, mixed baby greens, and tomatoes. The peppers will keep 1-2 weeks when stored unwashed, wrapped in damp paper towels, and sealed in a container in the refrigerator.
The company that developed Gypsy sweet peppers, Petoseed, was founded in 1950 in Southern California and was a leader in the hybridization of hot peppers and tomatoes in the 1970s and 1980s. The seed company was a major producer of disease-resistant seed varieties. Petoseed is credited with the recovery of San Diego’s tomato industry after the development of a tomato hybrid that was resistant to a disease that had nearly wiped out the area in the early 1970s. The Gypsy pepper was developed to resist a common pepper plant disease, the tobacco mosaic virus, or tobamovirus and in 1981, the pepper was given the distinction of National All-American Selection for its value in the garden.
Gypsy peppers were developed in the United States by Petoseed Co. in 1980, from a cross between a bell pepper and a sweet Italian rams horn pepper. Today Gypsy peppers are still mainly grown by small farms and are available through farmer’s markets and specialty grocers in the United States and Mexico.
Recipes that include Gypsy Bell Peppers. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Farm Fresh to You||Gypsy Pepper Rice Pilaf|
|Food 52||The Mature Gypsy (Stuffed)|
|Nosh My Way||Daikon, Carrot and Gypsy Pepper Slaw|
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