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FAQ about peppers and healthy delicious food
During the day the average greenhouse temperature reaches 20-22°C. At night the temperature drops a little to approximately 18°C.
That depends on the strength of the sunlight. Greenhouses are made of glass, and the stronger the force of the sun, the more water the plant needs. In summer, a sweet pepper plant may require up to 6 litres of water a day.
The greenhouses are cleaned in December, which is when the sweet pepper season ends. Sweet pepper plants are recycled into compost. The substrates are also reused. They are compressed and subsequently melted down to form new rock wool.
A greenhouse measuring 1 hectare can accommodate approximately 32,500 sweet pepper plants. Approximately 60 sweet peppers are harvested from a single plant in a year, roughly equivalent to 9 kg per plant.
Sweet peppers contain a lot of vitamin C; more than three times as much as oranges. For that reason alone peppers are very healthy. In addition, sweet peppers are a rich source of vitamins E, B1 and B2 as well as of minerals such as calcium, iron and sodium.
Yes, you can. The best thing to do if your stomach is oversensitive is to peel a sweet pepper with a cheese slicer before eating. The pepper then becomes a little sweeter and milder, which should prevent (acid) indigestion and belching. It’s the skin of a sweet pepper that can lead to oversensitivity with some people.
While discovering America, Columbus also discovered the sweet pepper! He first saw peppers as native Americans used them in grinded form as food. Due their pungent flavour, Columbus thought that peppers were related to the spice pepper. He took the sweet peppers back with him to Europe. In England, sweet peppers are still referred to as peppers or bell peppers. In Europe, sweet peppers are known as vegetables from the Balkans, where they were highly valued well before being introduced to the rest of Europe. The Netherlands is now frontrunner in the cultivation of high-quality sweet peppers.
Peppers are best kept in a plastic bag in a cool, dark place at a temperature of 10-14 degrees Celsius. Basements are the ideal place, or otherwise the vegetable compartment of your fridge. They can be kept there for approximately a week. Packaged sweet peppers bought in a shop can be kept even longer. But why would you leave such delicious food in your fridge for so long?