If there is one vegetable that brings a spark to the eyes of even the most clueless cook, it is capsicum. Available in dark green, bright yellow, and bright red colours, these non-hot peppers with hollow, lumpy guts with a cluster of seeds throughout the exterior, may be the only vegetables that go with nearly every cuisine.
But have you ever wondered where it came from? We will tell you.
Although capsicum is widely consumed in India, it did not originate from here. The vegetable is found in South and Central America and brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus when he sailed from the Americas. Capsicum has been used in cooking since 6000 BC, according to historical records. But how did he get his Indian name?
Arrival in India
It is believed that the British introduced it to India during their rule. During the British rule in India, they used to make Shimla the capital of the country. They brought capsicum seeds from America and with the help of favorable environmental conditions in the hilly region, it flourished.
People began to produce it in large numbers due to its high productivity and delicious taste. Since it was grown here in Shimla, the name of the area is still used to refer to the vegetable.
Rich in Vitamin C and Antioxidants
Capsicum helps stimulate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate. Unlike hot peppers, they have a modest thermogenic activity that improves metabolism without increasing heart rate or blood pressure.
It also contains a high percentage of vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C are beneficial for the immune system. The vitamin C in capsicum helps protect the body from diseases by stimulating the formation of white blood cells.
used in India
Due to its foreign origin and approach, after being widely consumed in India, the vegetable falls into the category of exotic vegetables. Capsicum is mainly used in continental dishes, such as toppings for pizza and other Italian dishes, Chinese cuisine, and many others. It is also used as part of garnishing or seasoning many continental salads.
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