April 16, 2018 10:27
Korea's annual consumption of bell peppers per capita has tripled over the past decade amid growing interest in healthy food.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said on Friday that the average consumption of bell peppers was 0.9 kg per person in 2016, which is 3.2 times more than 0.28 kg in 2006.
Originating in Latin America, bell peppers were introduced to Korea in 1993, but quickly became a staple here due to their health benefits.
Bell peppers constitute more than 90 percent water and are low in calories and rich in vitamins and nutrients. Red peppers have twice as much vitamin C as oranges, and three times more than kiwis. Yellow peppers have more vitamin B and calcium than peppers of other colors. Orange peppers have high iron and potassium content.
The vegetable has also become a major export item for Korea. Some 30,000 tons worth US$93.8 million were exported in 2016.
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