Local Highlight - Red Bell Peppers
This week’s local highlight is Red Bell Peppers from Prime Time International Marketing.
Prime Time has several locations which they grow at, but during October their outdoor bell peppers are grown in Oxnard, CA, just 62 miles from Oxy. Originating in Mexico and Central America, the name “pepper,” applied to all the fruit of the Capsicum genus, is actually a misnomer. When Christopher Columbus brought pepper seeds back to Spain the peppercorn was a highly prized spice, and most spices which were similarly spicy were called some variance of pepper. Incidentally, the bell pepper, sometimes called the sweet pepper, is the only member of the Capsicum genus which doesn’t produce capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the burning spicy sensation we associate with other varieties.
Prime Time International has expanded to being the top supplier of peppers today. They have been dedicated to being ahead of the curve on technology and agricultural practices. They are dedicated to meeting the requirements of the Good Agricultural Practices program, and always utilize drip irrigation, multiple quality assurance inspection points, and integrated pest management.
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Wednesday: Chef’s Corner: Local Veggie Kabobs
Homestyle: Organic/Local Tofu, Brown Rice
Organic Potato Bar
Thursday: Homestyle: Organic Tofu in Local Lettuce Wrap
Organic Bar: Local/Organic Veggies,
Friday: Food Justice Lunch: Certified Humane Beef
Chef’s Corner: Local Eggplant and Kale
Saturday: Berkus Dinner: Local Zucchini and Squash, Organic Spring Mix
Salad Bar All Week: Organic tomatoes, spring mix, tofu, and balsamic vinaigrette. Local carrots, cantaloupe, and broccoli.
Fruit Stand: Local oranges and avocados.
Specialty Salad Station: Organic baby spinach, local arugula, kale, and frisee.
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor