Also known as:
Shimla mirch, Pepper

The genus Capsicum comprises all the varied forms of fleshy-fruited peppers grown as herbaceous annuals. Capsicum should be a uniform, glossy colour, and must be firm. The peppers can be round, long or square. Depending on the variety, it may be mild, sweet, hot or fiery. Capsicums are also called green, red or yellow peppers. The two varieties are sweet pec

Commonly used in:
Salads, noodles, pastas, curries, stir fries, sauces, rice etc.

Health benefit:
Among other things, capsicum acts as an antibacterial agent and stimulant, it helps normalize blood pressure, improve circulation, and increase the production of saliva and stomach acids to aid digestion. It increases the metabolic rate, thus effective for weight loss. Capsaicin, which is located in its central portion, is beneficial in Arthritis.