Kathryn Fontenot, Singh, Raghuwinder, Strahan, Ronald E., Lewis Ivey, Melanie, Koske, Thomas J., Brown, Sebe, Sidhu, Jaspreet, Sexton, Mary
Peppers are a popular crop in the home garden, especially in Louisiana. These colorful fruit (green, yellow, orange, red, purple and black) range from sweet and mild to hot in flavor. Consumed raw they are high in vitamins C, B6, A and E. In Louisiana, peppers are often used to flavor gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, rice and gravy and other Cajun and Creole standards. While the pepper is a necessity for flavoring local cuisine, it is also an important ingredient in foods around the world.
The pepper plant is in the Solanaceae family as are the tomato, Irish potato and eggplant. It most likely originated in tropical America. Black pepper spice is the seed of a completely different type and family of plants.
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The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture