What Do Bell Peppers Taste Like?


Quick Answer: What Do Bell Peppers Taste Like?

Bell Peppers have a mild and subtly sweet taste. The taste of these colorful fruits changes depending on how ripe they get, as change their color. The mature green bell peppers have an earthy and grassy taste, while the fully ripe red bell peppers have a fruity and citrusy taste.

Here is a well-researched guide to what Bell Peppers exactly tastes like.

My own experience and the expertise of chefs around the world will help you discover this unique and widely loved colored fruit.

Let’s get right into it.

What Are Bell Peppers?

Native to Mexico, South America, and Central America, Bell Peppers are a kind of berries and hence, a fruit. Though they are used as vegetables in most dishes around the world. Bell Peppers are often known as ‘sweet peppers’ for their fruity and tangy taste.

Bell peppers grow best in moist and warm soils. They are often categorized as chili peppers.

What Do Bell Peppers Taste Like?

Bell Peppers have a naturally mild and sweet taste. They range from grassy and earthy green to citrusy and tangy red. Some bell peppers may have a slightly bitter taste when raw but once cooked or baked, this bitterness is almost entirely gone.

They can be green, yellow, orange, purple, and red depending on the land they are harvested on.

Bell Peppers are an exceptional source of Vitamin C and A with the red peppers having the most of both. They also provide vitamin K and fiber.

What Are The Types Of Bell Peppers?

There are nearly 20 different kinds of peppers, including chili peppers and pimentos. For Bell Peppers, there are 5 prominent types. The Green Bell Pepper is the most common and grassy kind, followed by the Orange Bell Pepper which is slightly sweet but also quite mild.

Purple Bell Pepper is sweeter than the green but less sweet than the yellow kind. Lastly, the Red Bell Pepper is the sweetest kind with a fruity note.

Know the difference between the types of Bell Peppers.

What Is The Texture Of Bell Peppers Like?

Bell Peppers have a crunchy and firm texture. They are extremely juicy in all of their colored forms. The juicy and colorfulness of these fruits are retained even when they are cooked but the crunch and firmness are lost due to heat.

Bell Peppers add a colorful and unique texture to whatever dish they are added to. They are often known for their tangy crunchiness in salads.

Are Bell Peppers Spicy?

No, Bell Peppers are not spicy even though they are from the specie of chili peppers because of the absence of capsaicin which causes other peppers to be spicy. Some bell peppers may seem slightly bitter and spicy due to the land they are harvested on.

Bell Peppers are a type of fruit and hence are not at all spicy.

What Do Raw Bell Peppers Taste Like?

Raw Bell Peppers have a mild and crunchy flavor but taste changes as the color changes. The mature green bell peppers have a grassy and bland but fresh taste while the red bell peppers have a tangy and sweet flavor. 

Their sweetness develops as the fruit continues to ripen. Purple bell peppers are not as sweet as the red ones, while the yellow and orange ones are not too sweet but equally juicy.

Are Bell Pepper Seeds Edible?

Bell Pepper seeds pose no harm when consumed but often tend to be slightly bitter. This is why they are discarded and not specifically added to any dish. The flesh that is attached to the colored peel is where the flavor lies and develops. 

These seeds resemble chili pepper seeds but are not spicy and can be bitter when consumed by themselves. They are best avoided.

Is Paprika Made From Bell Peppers?

One kind of Paprika known as Sweet Paprika or the Hungarian Paprika uses red bell peppers. This kind of paprika is not spicy unlike the other kinds of paprika that are known for their fiery taste and color. 

Hungarian paprika is made from dried and crushed red bell peppers and used for their bright red color as a relish to dishes.

What Is The Difference Between Bell Pepper and Capsicum?

There is no noticeable difference between bell peppers and capsicum as they are just two terms for the same fruit harvested. The minute difference between the two is the presence of capsaicin in green capsicums.

This chemical produces a burning feeling on the tongue and capsicum has a small quantity of it while bell pepper doesn’t.

What Does Stuffed Bell Pepper Taste Like?

Stuffed bell peppers are one of the most consumed and loved plates with an innumerable number of stuffing options from cheesy to spicy and savory. Ground meat is the most common stuffing for its creamy and textured consistency.

The bell pepper itself is roasted or toasted enough to be aromatic yet firm. The seeds are carved out before the filling is stuffed into it.

What Tastes Best With Bell Peppers?

Bell Peppers are a very commonly used ingredient in many delicious platters. Their colors allow them to stand out in salads and side dishes. Bell peppers are a common pizza topping.

Tacos, burritos, sandwiches, and such often add bell peppers. Grilled bell peppers are a loved barbeque relish. A large number of Chinese recipes use bell peppers.

Here are some of the best Bell Pepper recipes!  

In The End

I hope you enjoyed this sweet ride to the land of Bell Pepper and get helpful insight into what they taste like. 

I would love to hear about your experience with Bell Peppers. Any feedback regarding this illustration would be highly appreciated. 

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About Pratibha Singh

Pratibha is a popular home chef and loves to prepare some amazing Indian dishes. A foodie to the core she enjoys other cuisines too. She has been cooking since childhood and often prepares meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. Her motto in life: “Always be prepared!”

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