Food - Drink
The Difference Between Red, Yellow, And Green Peppers
By ANDREW BUI
Whether stuffed with meat and cheese, grilled with fajitas, or enjoyed alone or with hummus, bell peppers are a staple in many produce drawers. However, when it comes to choosing the perfect pepper, what is the difference between green, yellow and red, and why do they vary so much in price?
It turns out that red, yellow, and green bell peppers are the same vegetable at varying stages of ripeness. Red and yellow bell peppers are essentially just green peppers that have been allowed to ripen, with red being fully ripened and sweeter in flavor, green peppers being unripened with a slightly grassy and bitter flavor, and yellow peppers falling in the middle.
Because red and yellow bell peppers have been allowed to ripen, and thus take longer to grow, they’re slightly more expensive than their green counterparts. In addition, because they mature more, red and yellow bell peppers have around twice the amount of vitamin C and almost nine times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers.