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20 September 2013

The bell pepper is a sweet, no-heat chili pepper of the species capsicum annuum. It is widely popular in many different cuisines around the world.

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Capsicum Annuum

What is a Bell Pepper?

The bell pepper is zero-heat pepper used in many different cuisines around the world. It is of the capsicum annuum species and is used for building flavor and substance into many different dishes. It is essential to Cajun cuisine, where it forms part of the famous Cajun Holy Trinity of vegetables.

While it is classified botanically as a fruit, it is used as a vegetable in the culinary world, like the tomato.

The peppers are found in an array of bright colors. You’ll find them most commonly in green, yellow, orange or red. However, there are some grown that are brown, white or even purple, though they are more rare. While they can vary in flavor, bell peppers are not hot or spicy, like most other peppers. Color and flavor are determined by the variety of the pepper plant and the stage of ripeness when picked. For example, a red bell pepper is simply a mature green bell pepper.

The typical green bell pepper, about the size of a large fist. Very mild.

Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

Bells are naturally low in calories and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. They are an excellent addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle and are encouraged to cook with. They are great for stuffing or cooking into numerous dishes.

Nutritional Value

Fresh, raw bell peppers are made of 94% water. The remainder consists of carbs with a small portion of fat and protein.

The nutrients in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw, red bell peppers measure as follows:

Calories: 31
Water: 94%
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 6 grams
Sugar: 4.2 grams
Fiber: 2.1 grams
Fat: 0.3 grams

My Favorite Bell Pepper Recipes

Try some of these recipes for cooking and enjoying the most bells have to offer.

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