sometimes ambiguously known simply as "pepper"
or "capsicum", is a type of large mild chili
pepper that is considered by many to be without heat.
Bell peppers are often considered to be merely vegetables,
not spices, even though some people find them to be
Bell peppers are green
while developing and then ripen to a variety of colors,
of which red and yellow are the most common but purple and
orange are also found. They are edible while still unripe
and have a distinctly different (and milder) taste in that
state. Compared to green ones, red ones have three times
as much vitamin C and 11 times as much beta carotene. Red
ones are often heated over a fire, such as a gas range, to
remove the skins. Some methods of doing this can add a
distinctive smoky flavor.
Bell peppers are commonly
added to pizza, stir-fry, and sweet and sour. They can
also be opened at the top and deseeded, then stuffed and
For general usage: slice
in half lengthwise, then remove the stem, core, seeds, and
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