21 Aug2010

Capsicum Still Life…

by Marketman


I was at the grocery a few days ago and came across small packages of what looked like baby bell peppers, probably “rejects” or fruit that fell off the plants before they had a chance to mature. All shapes and sizes in red, yellow and orange. I bought several packages at PHP80 which seemed like a reasonable price for capsicums during the rainy season when they are relatively scarce. Back at home, I cleaned up the bell peppers from one package and sliced them in half. I thought they looked pretty cool so I took them outdoors to take a picture. It had been raining so the glass table outdoors was a bit wet…


…I just laid the pepper slices directly on the wet table and snapped a few photos. They looked pretty good. Don’t worry, I washed the peppers again before using them in a seafood paella, up next. Produce almost always seem to be more photogenic than most humans… :)




  1. RV Escat says:

    a happy marriage between visual arts and culinary arts. meanwhile, i can’t wait to snatch the copy of your paella recipe MM! :)

    Aug 21, 2010 | 3:06 pm


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  3. jack says:

    nice pictures, MM! very colorful :)

    Aug 21, 2010 | 4:17 pm

  4. Butch says:

    very nice, MM! Whimsical and yet so purposive! :)

    Aug 21, 2010 | 5:45 pm

  5. Ann Cas says:

    Cool pics… Those are not ‘rejects’. Those tiny colored peppers are popping up all over the place here in NY. I first encountered them 8 months ago. When my Fresh Direct groceries came.. I was blown away how tiny the were. I eat them raw on my salad. They are yummy and very sweet.. And Costco are selling them too. For PHP80 the are cheap. Enjoy them!!

    Aug 21, 2010 | 6:52 pm

  6. Thel says:

    You are so creative MM! Very pretty.

    Aug 21, 2010 | 7:27 pm

  7. Clarissa says:

    :) i hate bell peppers but i love the pictures :D

    Aug 21, 2010 | 10:22 pm

  8. dren says:

    Another wonderful addition to your collection of stock photos, astig ka MM!

    Aug 22, 2010 | 12:41 am

  9. Fran says:

    Pretty colors. I buy the small clear cartons of these baby bell peppers whenever I’m feeling ok to spend a lot of money. They are ridiculously priced, but oh so sweet and perfect for salads, curries, etc. Sometimes they’re just good as a snack to pop in your mouth, avoiding the stem as there aren’t many seeds.

    Aug 22, 2010 | 1:57 am

  10. Bubut says:

    i love the stunning photos of your capsicum! they are really photogenic…

    Aug 23, 2010 | 9:49 am

  11. Libay says:

    very pretty…

    Aug 23, 2010 | 12:13 pm

  12. lettucedude says:

    If i may ask MR. MM where did you buy the veggies? Im not sure if these are tricolore peppers (red, orange, yellow)

    Aug 23, 2010 | 3:19 pm

  13. acmr says:

    I was just thinking that if I were to do the exact same thing — which is take some vegetables that I was washing, take them outside and start taking snapshots of them, my family would absolutely thing that I fell off my rocker.

    But if I were so inclined, I would do exactly as you are doing, which is to just have at it and have fun.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aug 23, 2010 | 11:44 pm

  14. Joy says:

    How creative!

    Aug 24, 2010 | 4:15 pm

  15. Marketman says:

    acmr, by now our crew and neighbors understand I have this bizarre penchant for photographing food outdoors. But when our neighbors to the back had workers a few months back, they stopped work on their roof when they saw me snapping shots of produce and soups in our backyard… hahaha. lettucedue, I bought them at Rustan’s Rockwell, and they were tricolore peppers, tasted exactly like capsicum to me. PHP 80 for maybe 150-200 grams, which is expensive on a per kilo basis…

    Aug 24, 2010 | 4:21 pm

  16. tito camona says:

    i wonder marketman where could i sell my elongate sweet pepper, i have planted around 40 thousand plants in my area, i am looking for volume buyers. hope you can help me find one. im here in mindanao at kidapawan city area. buyers can text me. O919 894 1608. thanks.

    Sep 13, 2010 | 11:51 am

  17. janet says:

    very beautipol, i am from Benguet, my relatives and me used to plant different kins of capsicum…..baka my readers jan na gusto mag order……ty

    Nov 8, 2010 | 12:42 pm


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