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The Instacart guide to green bell pepper products

About green bell peppers

Bell peppers are a botanical fruit from the nightshade family. Due to their sweet flavors, bell peppers behave more like a vegetable in culinary applications. They are relatives of chili peppers, tomatoes, and breadfruit. Bell peppers are hollow, with seeds in the center, but are larger, crunchier, and rounder than their relatives.

Bell peppers are native to Mexico, Central, and South America. In the past, the seeds found their way to Spain before moving through Europe and Asia. Today, China is the largest grower of bell peppers, followed by Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, and the United States. Locally grown bell peppers are typically available from mid-summer through September.

This particular bell pepper variety lacks capsaicin, the compound that causes a burning sensation common in other pepper varieties. The nature of bell peppers prompts some to refer to them as sweet peppers or capsicums. The common spice, paprika, derives from the process of drying and powdering some varieties of bell peppers.

The pepper's color depends on its stage in the ripening process. Bell peppers begin green, considered the unripe stage, then they turn yellow, orange, and finally, red when fully ripe. Picking bell peppers throughout the ripening process might result in multi-colored peppers. A few varieties remain green when fully ripe, while still others turn purple, white, and brown.

Green bell peppers have a slightly bitter flavor compared to their yellow, orange, and red counterparts. They provide a refreshing flavor and satisfying crunch when eaten raw, and add texture and nutrients as an ingredient in cooked dishes.

Although classified as a fruit, the vegetable-like characteristics of green bell peppers make them a healthy topping or ingredient in numerous recipes. Despite their 97% water content, green bell peppers are high in vitamins C and K and rich in fiber.

The versatility of green bell peppers makes them an ideal ingredient in various recipes or a delicious side dish. Prepare green bell peppers in several ways:
  • Grill
  • Roast
  • Pan-fry
  • Stuff
  • Skewer
  • Stew 
  • Top salads or pizza

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FAQs About Green Bell Peppers

Whole and sliced green bell peppers stay fresh for up to seven days in the vegetable crisper drawer. You can also freeze them for future use. Start with a flash-frozen technique to keep peppers from sticking together:
  • Slice peppers into strips.
  • Line parchment paper with peppers in a single layer.
  • Place in the freezer for around 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove, place in a freezer bag, and return to finish freezing. 
  • Use frozen peppers within six to 12 months.

Yes, they are! Green bell peppers contain antioxidants like lutein, a compound that may improve eye health. They are high in nutrients and low in calories, with just 30 per cup.

Nutrients in green bell peppers:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • magnesium 
  • Calcium

While picking out green bell pepper, you might notice lobes on the bottom. Common misconceptions claim the number of lobes indicates either the pepper's quality, flavor, or gender. All of these are false. The number of lobes on the bottom of a bell pepper does not affect the quality or freshness of the fruit. However, four-lobed peppers might offer better balance and greater width for easier stuffing. 

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