Looking for a flavor-popping snack? These little sweet mini lunchbox peppers will never disappoint you. It tastes lovely, is packed with intense flavors, and has no heat. Game day or leisure snack, these mini peppers could turn into an impeccable finger food.
Furthermore, these lunchbox peppers are available in brilliant colors, like green, yellow, red, and orange.
What are lunchbox peppers?
Lunchbox peppers are called "mini bell peppers" or "mini sweet peppers." And are widely available in the grocery stores during the summer months. Due to its popularity and versatility, do not be surprised even if you see it during the frosty season.
These are great for snacking. It tastes excellent in whatever way we make it: raw, grilled, or roasted mini peppers. Thinking of storing it for a longer time? Go ahead and turn them into a sauce or a spice mix. Choices are multiple and each one of them is unique and fabulous.
These peppers have a crunchy texture and sweet flavor and would not tingle the taste buds with its heat. Not to mention that these categories were termed as ‘snacking peppers.’
To simply put, these are the miniature versions of the regular bell peppers.
How does this lunchbox pepper look?
These peppers measure about two to three inches long, and one inch at the shoulder. It has a glossy skin and a medium wall structure. The seeds are clustered to a white membrane at the center.
The grocery stores usually carry them in a package of multiple colors, making them more appealing and appetizing.
What do they taste like?
These lunchbox peppers taste fruity and peppery with a mild sweetness and crunchy texture. These have a similar taste and flavor profile to bell peppers.
When we bite, we first notice the fruity flavor and the sweetness that spreads throughout the palate. And then, the peppery flavor follows and lasts for a while.
What is the Scoville heat score?
These peppers have no heat. A heat-causing component called Capsaicin is absent in this lunchbox pepper(similar to bell peppers).
And this property of mini sweet peppers makes it to measure zero on the Scoville scale(for your reference, Scoville scale units are the popular way of measuring the heat in any pepper).
What’s the unique characteristics of lunchbox peppers?
As we have already discussed, we get these peppers in multiple colors.
Like many other peppers, these do not grow gradually from green to orange and red. But the young green color matures to any one of these colors, orange or yellow.
Hence, different types of seeds are needed to produce different colors of peppers.
So, when planning to make a backyard garden to produce different colors of lunchbox peppers, start with different colored varieties of seeds.
How to use them in the recipes?
These lunchbox peppers are incredibly versatile. It’s good to toss them in the salad, and it's great to enjoy munching straight away from the package. In addition to that, grilling and roasting the peppers are also fabulous to enjoy.
In the salads. Toss them in Greek chicken salad, southern-style fiesta, or spicy kale salad. More than that, it adds the crunchiness and sweetness that make the whole dish fabulous.
As a spice mix. Have you harvested huge peppers from your backyard or returned with a big bag of peppers from the farmer's market? You hit the jackpot. You can preserve them by dehydrating them and making them as a spice mix that tastes similar to paprika.
Sauce. Are you a big fan of sauces? these lunchbox peppers are ideal for making sauces like this green taco sauce.