Thursday, April 4, 2013

Why were they called Bell Peppers?

Why were they called Bell Peppers?
Bell pepper, also known as sweet pepper or a pepper in the United Kingdom and Ireland and capsicum in India, Australia and New Zealand.
They are in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, chocolate brown, lilac, ivory, deep purple and green.
The misleading name "pepper" was given by Christopher Columbus upon bringing the plant back to Europe. At that time peppercorns, were a highly prized condiment; so the name "pepper" was at that time applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste. The terms "bell pepper", "pepper" or in Australia and New Zealand "capsicum", are often used for any of the large bell shaped fruits.
Did u know ..
The less pungent pepper varieties as "sweet peppers".
Cherry peppers are very attractive pod type pepper and does resemble the shape of a cherry.
The banana pepper is a very high producer growing banana shaped peppers that begin in a pale color but change to a deep yellow or orange at maturity.
the bell pepper whether green pepper, red pepper, etc., the cucumber, and green beans… all are fruits.
The rule of thumb for sorting fruits from vegetables is pretty easy. Does it have seeds? Then it’s pretty much a fruit. Technically the “fruit” is really the fleshy part of the plant that contains or otherwise holds the seed. (usually on the inside, but a strawberry fruit has seeds on the outside).
On the other hand, a vegetable is defined a little more loosely and generally refers to an edible part of a plant, be it a leaf (lettuce), a stalk (celery), or a root (carrot).
Bell peppers are in fact fruits. The term "bell pepper" is one of the many names for some fruits of the Capsicum annuum species of plants. Bell Peppers are indeed fruits, even though most treat them as vegetables.

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