Versatile and bright tasting, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers make for classic summer fare. Though they are available year-round in all grocery stores, we always prefer the stronger, juicier flavor of farm-fresh bell peppers, which appear across the country from July through autumn. Raw, bell peppers are refreshing and subtly tart with a satisfying crunch, while cooked, they become softer and sweeter. They're great on the grill, which gives peppers a delicious smoky crust, or tossed in a stir-fry, or halved, stuffed, and baked in the oven. The colorful hues of bell peppers make for a festive garnish when served raw and finely chopped over salads.