Capsicum & Chilli

Capsicum and chilli are two related plants that belong to the Solanacea family. Capsicum, also known as bell pepper or sweet pepper, is a mild and sweet-tasting fruit that is typically used in salads, stir-fries, and other savory dishes. Chilli, on the other hand, is a spicy fruit that is used to add heat and flavour to various dishes. Chillis are spicy due to the presence of a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is responsible for the heat in chili peppers and can range in intensity from mild to extremely hot.

Fairbanks Seeds has a selection of capsicums and hot peppers ranging in size, colour and shape. From the Chilli-Gochu to the yellow mini snacking variety, our varieties of capsicum and chillies provide a fantastic source of colour and nutritional value to any dish.

Capsicum and chilli differ in terms of their level of spiciness. Capsicum is not spicy and has a mild, slightly sweet taste. It comes in a variety of colours, including red, yellow, green, and orange, and can be eaten raw or cooked. Capsicum is a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. It also provides other vitamins like A, E, K1, potassium and folate. Chillies are a great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Both chillies and capsicum are widely used in cooking and can be found in cuisines around the world. While chillies are used to add heat and spice to dishes, capsicum is used for its mildly sweet flavour and crunchy texture. They can both be stir-fried, stewed, stuffed, baked or eaten raw; and added to salads, and salsas.