Pimiento, canned

Pimiento, canned

The pimiento has one of the lowest Scoville scale ratings of any chili pepper. Some varieties of the pimiento type are hot, including the Floral Gem and Santa Fe Grande varieties.

Spanish pimiento and Portuguese pimento both come from Latin pigmentum ("pigment; coloring") and came to be used for bell peppers. In Portugal and its former colonial empire, the word also came to be used for other forms of pepper, including black pepper. In Brazil, it came to mean particularly chili peppers. The English borrowed "pimiento" and "pimento" as loanwords for what is distinguished in Spanish as pimentón and in Brazilian Portuguese as pimenta pitanga.

"Sweet" (i.e., neither sour nor savory) pimiento peppers are the familiar orange stuffing found in prepared Spanish or Greek green olives. Originally, the pimiento was hand-cut into tiny pieces, then hand-stuffed into each olive to balance out the olive's otherwise strong, salty flavor. Despite the popularity of the combination, this production method was very costly and time-intensive. In the industrial era, the cut pimiento was shot by a hydraulic pump into one end of each olive, simultaneously inserting the pimiento in the center while ejecting the pit out the other end.

Pimientos are commonly used for making pimento cheese. It is also used for making pimento loaf, a type of processed sandwich meat. The Espelette pepper is a type of pimiento.

Canned pimiento Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

The composition of canned pimiento is 93.1% water, 5.1% carbohydrates, 1.1% protein, 1.9% dietary fiber, and 0.3% fat. One canned pimiento supplies you with 3.366 grams of carbohydrates, which is 2.59 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same it has an energy value of 96 kJ (23 Calories) in a 100 g (3.5 Oz) amount and is an important source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (113.2% of the Daily Value). So if your diet contains canned pimientos, it helps your body to reduce probability of heart disease by fighting cholesterol, reduce the risk of anemia as this vitamin absorbs iron, improve the efficiency of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) to heal wounds and it is effective against dementia since vitamin C impacts memory positively, high blood pressure and the occurrence of cancer. It contains low amount of minerals.