Ancient Sweets Red Peppers!
So, it’s Monday morning and you feel that familiar pang of regret. In the rush of weekend activities, you’ve missed the farmer’s market again. You’re looking for that fresh snap of sweet veggie goodness, but all you see at the supermarket is wilted cabbage and moldy strawberries. What to do?
Head on over to Sam’s Club! I’m a big fan of warehouse clubs if your family is large enough to make it worth your while. With my four kids, a club membership is absolutely vital. But, even if you aren’t a member, grab a friend who is or get a day pass because they have Ancient Sweets red peppers!
Ancient Sweets are distributed by Sunset Produce, who also provides the lovely Campari tomatoes I used in the gazpacho I wrote about last year. Other than the obvious environmental benefits of buying in bulk with minimal packaging, Sunset does follow a sustainability program. Of course, it’s not even close to buying locally grown produce, but if you can’t make it to the farmer’s market, this might be an acceptable alternative for you.
Other than the environmental pros and cons, the peppers themselves are magnificent! They are very sweet and crisp with a size that is just shocking.
That is a full-sized chef’s knife next to the pepper!
The inside of the pepper has some brown streaks and looks a bit gnarly. DO NOT TRIM IT! It’s still delicious.
The inconsistencies in the color are due to the fact that it is real food, not a plastic pepper coated in three types of wax and injected with a “pepper-like emulsion.” I used these peppers in fajitas and also ate some raw. They are perfect either way.
Ancient Sweets red peppers are available right now at Sam’s club for $6.42 for two pounds. That’s six GIANT peppers. They aren’t local and they aren’t guilt-free, but they are yummy! If you aren’t a Sam’s Club member, try calling your favorite store and asking if they carry these. It’s very encouraging to see this type of product coming into mass market stores. Vote with your pocketbook! Buy weird vegetables!
Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Sunset Produce, Ancient Sweets peppers or any other food distributor. This is NOT a paid advertisement. This is just a really good product I want to share!
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