Peppers play a significant role in Romanian pickling and marinating traditions. They're often stuffed with cabbage or minced meat and preserved in vinegar or brine, adding depth and flavor to winter meals. Its popularity also stems from its multi-purpose utility in various culinary applications, from fresh salads to hearty stews. The ability to preserve them through pickling made peppers an essential ingredient, especially in rural areas where long-lasting food items are valued.
Peppers are originally believed to come from Central and South America. They likely made their way to Romania through trade and cultural contacts with the Ottoman Empire or Mediterranean countries. These countries, in turn, had received peppers from Spain and Portugal, among the first European nations to engage in trade with the New World. Over time, peppers adapted to the Romanian climate and became an integral part of the local cuisine.