Native to America, the capsicum is the fruit of a plant that has been cultivated by the people of the tropical Americas for thousands of years. It is known by a range of names, such as bell pepper, sweet pepper and chili pepper, although they’re not hot like chillies.
They come in different colours, including red, green, yellow and sometimes orange and purple, and can be eaten raw or cooked. As well as tasting great, capsicums have heaps of nutritional value because they contain vitamins A and C, proteins, healthy fats, carotenoids and provitamins.
Capsicums are good for eyesight and smooth skin, encourage healing, help the body ward off infections and are known to be beneficial to the body’s mucous membranes. Capsicums can also improve cardiovascular health by helping lower blood pressure.