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Tasting Roasted Peppers

Nothing beats a freshly roasted bell pepper, but the convenience of a jarred product can’t be underestimated. I tend to bounce between several different kosher products, never really remembering how any particular variety fared from use to use.

Today, I purchased four jars of roasted peppers – varieties common to the Boston area – for a proper evaluation: Mancini, Mt. Olive, Galil, and Roland. (First two purchased at Star Market, last two purchased at the Butcherie.)

Roasted pepper comparison

Roasted pepper specimens

Mancini

  • 10 oz. drained weight
  • $3.19 ($0.32/oz.)
  • Contains roasted red peppers, water, salt, citric acid
  • Product of USA
  • Certified by the Orthodox Union

Probably the most commonly available roasted pepper in these parts. Clean, mild flavor. Meaty but tender. Mostly halves and smaller pieces.

Mt. Olive

  • 7.6 oz. drained weight
  • $2.69 ($0.35/oz.)
  • Contains roasted red peppers, water, salt, sugar, citric acid
  • Product of Spain
  • Certified by the Orthodox Union

Another national brand that’s been showing up more in the last two years. Slightly sweeter (thanks to the added sugar), with a bit of smokiness. Slightly softer than Mancini peppers, but far from mushy. Two nice whole peppers in a single jar.

Galil

  • 11.65 oz. drained weight
  • $3.99 ($0.34/oz.)
  • Contains roasted red peppers, water, vinegar, sugar, salt
  • Product of Turkey
  • Certified by the Orthodox Union

Several whole elongated peppers. Thinner flesh than Mancini or Mt. Olive peppers, yet firmer. Nice smokiness compensates for unnecessary sweetness.

Roland

  • 13.35 oz. drained weight
  • $2.99 ($0.22/oz.)
  • Contains roasted yellow peppers, water, vinegar, sugar, salt, sunflower oil
  • Product of Turkey
  • Certified by Star-K

The only non-red peppers in today’s lineup. Very thin flesh, unpleasant flavor.

I’d easily recommend the first three varieties for distinct uses. For serving in large pieces, as I would on an antipasto platter, the long Galil peppers work best, and provide enough flavor to be enjoyed on their own, though the thicker Mt. Olive peppers provide a more satisfying bite. The clean-flavored Mancini peppers, with the shortest ingredient list, are good for diced or pureed preparations where smokiness is undesired, unnecessary, or provided by another ingredient.

Have another brand you enjoy? Post your own reviews in the comments. If possible, included drained weight, price, and where you purchased it.

One comment

I have a jar of 365 (Whole Food store brand) organic roasted red peppers in the pantry – now I need to come up with a reason to use them so I can give you my mini-review!

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