Bell peppers, sweet peppers and hot peppers are all produced in Idaho, primarily by home gardeners. Peppers are warm-season vegetables so look for them at your local farmers market or farm stand in July, August, and September.
Colorful bell varieties are great to eat fresh, sauteed, or in soups. Sweet peppers are crisp and refreshing and are great eaten raw or cooked in your favorite dishes. Hot chili peppers can be added to salsas and other dishes to add a little spice. Some chili peppers turn bright red. Contrary to popular belief, this is often an indication of ripeness and not how hot and spicy the flavor is.
Several Idaho growers are also growing Basque peppers that are great for roasting.
A great way to use local peppers is to make fajitas. Try something different and make these Idaho Rainbow Trout Fajitas.