Bell Peppers - Do The Different Colors Really Taste Any Different?

Updated on March 7, 2014

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.

Green Peppers are the most commonly used bell pepper. They have a rather bitter taste. Not many people enjoy eating them plain, but they do like to use them for cooking.

Yellow Peppers.

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.

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 also good for cooking and adding some color to your plate.

Red Peppers.

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 lowers the risk of various cancers.


Yes! The different colors of bell peppers actually do taste different. Green is the least ripe and the bitterest in taste. 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.

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        Vhon (Weston Super Mare, Somerset) 3 years ago


        My daughter Amelia and I eat them raw, we love them she even take pepper sticks to school as a snack, I've heard that peppers are good for you if you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) not sure if it's true. So if anyone can tell me that would be great xx

        P.S... excellent write up on colours and taste xx

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        jenny 4 years ago

        I eat them raw, like apples! Red, yellow and orange chopped up in a bowl. I cook more with the green peppers. I grow 4 different types in my veggie garden. Purple ones are very sweet too. Very healthy!

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        Brandi Swieter 6 years ago from Holland, MI

        Robin, red peppers are definitely better looking and tasting than the green, so I can see why you'd use them the most. They're also the healthiest out of the 4, so that's good for you! I like all of them. Yellow is probably my favorite, but I use all of them equally.

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        Robin Oatley 6 years ago

        I just recently had a discussion about the differences between these colors. I don't care for green peppers at all, though I really like the red ones. Whether it's just cut in pieces, in a salad, in a pasta sauce or some kind of stew; always red peppers. And for the color, sometimes a yellow or orange one ;)

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        Brandi Swieter 6 years ago from Holland, MI

        Thanks everyone for the comments. Glad you enjoyed my hub. I was making a stir-fry type of dish last week and bought all 4 colors of bell peppers to use. I wondered then, do they really taste any different, and took a bite of each to find out. They did! Then I did some research and put it in a hub. I read that the red actually has double or more nutrients than the green! Very interesting to find out. Thanks again to all for reading.

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        Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

        I love bell peppers in my salad raw or sauteed with a little onion and garlic. I do prefer the yellow for the milder taste and color. Great hub topic and voted up.

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        Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Nice hub! Good information.

        I tend to use red and green interchangably, so that is interesting that red are the better option nutrient-wise. Sometimes I use yellow or orange like Rochelle Frank said I also use them when I want to make a dish look nicer.

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        Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

        I use the red ones frequently-- always have some on hand. I don't care for the bitterness of the green ones, but yellow and orange are nice too. I love the fact that they are nutrient rich, but the side benefit is that they make your dinner plate look so much prettier.

        Thanks for the information.