Know Your Banana Peppers

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You know banana peppers. They're those yellow, waxy peppers that look a little bit like bananas -- hence the name. They come in both sweet and spicy varieties and are quite easy to grow. Are you ready to test your banana pepper knowledge? Let's do it!

One cup of banana peppers has about how many calories per serving?

One cup of banana peppers has just 33 calories per serving.


True or false: Banana peppers are high in saturated fat.

False. As well as being low in calories, banana peppers are low in cholesterol and saturated fat.


One cup of banana peppers will give you how much of your daily allowance of vitamn C?

One cup of banana peppers will give you a whopping 171 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin C. That's a powerful pepper!


How many grams of fat are in one cup of banana peppers?

Banana peppers have just 1 gram of fat per serving.


Banana peppers are, on average, about how long?

A typical banana pepper is about 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) long, although you may find them bigger or smaller, depending on the variety.


The plant-to-harvest cycle for banana peppers is about how much time?

Depending on the variety you plant, you can expect your homegrown banana peppers to ripen in about 60 to 75 days.


You shouldn't put banana pepper plants outside until the soil is consistently what?

Banana peppers like warm soil, so you shouldn't plant them in the ground until the soil temperature is consistently 60 degrees or above.


True or false: Banana peppers like wet soil.

True. Banana peppers like wet soil, but not sopping wet. Soaker hoses do pretty well for watering your banana peppers. Don't let the soil dry out, but don't over-water, either.


You should harvest your banana peppers when they turn what color?

It's best to pick your banana peppers when they turn from green to a more yellowish color. Pick them often, and the plant will reproduce more often.


Once you've harvested banana peppers, you can store them in the fridge for up to how many weeks?

Banana peppers will store nicely in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


The banana pepper's most common enemy is what?

Aphids are the most typical insect you'll find yourself fighting off your banana pepper plant. Use insecticidal soap to get rid of aphids. Also keep an eye out for beetles and caterpillars.


The dry decay that can happen on the end of a vegetable or fruit is called what?

Blossom end rot is a serious plant disease commonly found in tomatoes, eggplants, squash and peppers. It's a damaging decay found on the blossoming end of the ripening fruit.


What's the shelf life of home-canned banana peppers?

If stored in a cool, dark place, your home-canned banana peppers will stay good for about a year.


True or false: You should pick banana peppers by pulling them directly off the plant.

False. Use garden shears to harvest your banana peppers. Pulling them off could damage the plant.


Soaking your peppers in a brine of vinegar, mustard seeds and salt is a process called what?

A great way to use up and store extra banana peppers is to pickle them in jars in a brine of vinegar, salt, mustard seeds, garlic and water.


True or false: It doesn't matter if your peppers have blemishes, if you're going to pickle or can them.

False. You should only can or pickle your freshest, crispiest and blemish-free peppers for best results.


The vinegar you use for pickling should have what percentage of acidity?

Experts advise using good quality, high-grade vinegar with 5 percent acidity when pickling banana peppers.


There are two home canning methods: waterbath canning and what?

Waterbath canning is best for preserving high-acidity foods. Pressure canning is best for preserving low-acidity foods.


When canning, the space you leave between the vegetables and the top of the jar is called what?

To allow for expansion, you must leave space between the vegetables and the top of the jar. This space is called headspace.


True or false: There are three basic steps to canning peppers and other vegetables.

True. Although canning might seem complicated, it's not. It's just three simple steps: prep (your jars), pick (your recipe), preserve.


To ensure your jar is sealed correctly, press on the top. If sealed correctly, the top won't do what?

After boiling and cooling your jars, press down on the top with your finger. If the top flexes down or pops, it didn't seal correctly. You'll have to reseal the jar.


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