With an ideal climate and sunshine year round, Florida is a cornucopia of deliciously diverse crops. The state ranks second in the nation for value of vegetable production, and takes top spots in specific crops as well, including first in the nation for oranges, fresh-market tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, sugar cane, fresh-market snap beans and fresh market cucumbers. But while many of these fresh items may make appearances in your kitchen, how much do you really know about them? For example, did you know that Christopher Columbus was the first to bring citrus fruits to the New World? Or that Florida and Hawaii are the only states that produce a winter crop of snap beans? Read on to find fascinating agriculture facts about Florida products:
Mini Sweet Peppers
These crisp, delicious peppers are trending with both the restaurant industry and consumers. Mini sweet peppers are grown in Mexico’s western coastal states, Baja California and Florida. They are a hybrid of bell peppers and hot peppers – a small, sweet pepper without the heat. These thumb-size peppers measure about three inches tall and have a crisp texture. They have very few seeds, so they produce very little waste. Mini sweet peppers are thinner-skinned than larger peppers and their texture withstands grilling and cooking. You’ll get plenty of vitamins A, C and B6 from the crunchy peppers. Try them when you have a cold.
Available Fresh: November-May