Bell Peppers: Do the Different Colors Taste Any Different?
Information About the Bell Pepper
Bell peppers are also known as "sweet peppers." Many people consider them a vegetable, but they are technically a fruit. Bells are part of the Capsicum species. They are the only Capsicum that doesn't produce capsaicin. Capsaicin is the chemical in peppers that causes the spiciness. That is why bell peppers are referred to as sweet peppers, because they are sweet, not spicy.
Green peppers are the most commonly used bell pepper. They have a rather bitter taste. Not many people enjoy eating them plain, but they are a popular ingredient in cooking.
These are actually my favorite bell peppers. They taste the best, in my opinion. Yellow peppers have an almost fruity taste and are very sweet. They are great for cooking or eating plain.
Orange peppers are the least commonly used peppers. They are similar to the yellow pepper but a little less sweet. These are good for eating, and they're also good for cooking and adding some color to your plate.
Red peppers are said to be the sweetest and juiciest bell peppers. They are fully ripe and the most mature. Since they are fully ripe, they contain more nutrients than the other peppers (including vitamins A and C). Also, red peppers contain lycopene, which is a carotenoid that may lower the risk of various cancers.
So, Do They Taste Different?
Yes! The different colors of bell peppers actually do taste different. Green is the least ripe and the most bitter. The others are much sweeter, with red being the sweetest. If a recipe calls for green peppers, or you simply feel like adding some peppers to your meal, I would choose yellow or red instead. Red has the most nutrients and is one of the healthiest "vegetables" you can eat.