Mediterranean peppers are a relatively new product on the supermarket shelf. They are similar to regular peppers in flavour, but shaped like a very large chilli. They have a very sweet and mild flavour.

Peppers, or capsicums, originate from South America. They were carried by the Spanish and Portuguese to their territories in Asia and Africa in the 1500s.

PEPPER, MEDITERRANEAN are classed as a fruit.


Peppers can be eaten raw or cooked. They can be added to salads and sandwiches, roasted, barbecued, stuffed or stir-fried.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 20 kcal, 85 kJ protein 0.7g carbohydrate 4.7g fat 0g.


To prepare peppers, cut in half and remove the seeds and bitter white pith. Wash and dry, then cut into slices or chunks if desired. Make sure all the seeds are removed, as they can have a bitter flavour.


Store in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Keep in plastic bags.


Look for peppers that are firm, shiny and brightly coloured. Avoid peppers that are bruised, wrinkled or blemished. All peppers are originally green, as they ripen and sweeten they turn red, orange or yellow.

Fun Fact

Like tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers are really a fruit.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.