Sweet peppers are rich in vitamin C and a digestive stimulant - can be chopped in salads, cooked and pickled. Hot or chilli peppers enliven bland foods and give heat to curries. The pungent capsaicin of chillies stimulates circulation and sensory nerves, disinfects food and eases sore throats. The infused oil gives a warming massage for rheumatism. Crushed chillies make cayenne pepper and flavour Tabasco sauce, dried paprika is popular in Hungarian cooking and helps prevent seasickness.
When harvesting cut them off with an inch of stem on each fruit. If you have more than you can eat fresh, hang the vines up in a dry windy place to dry. You may have to finish the drying process by hanging over a mild heat indoors. The they can be stored until you want them for winter.