What am I?
Technically I'm a berry, most people think of me as a vegetable, but you can call me a fruit.
I come in different colors and sizes. Based on my color, I can have a different flavor. When I grow, I start as green, but I can be red, yellow, orange and even white, purple, and brown.
Where I grow
I grow on a plant on the ground. The ground needs to be fertilized (given food to help me grow) for 3 years before I can be planted. My plant's white flowers are pollinated by the wind, not bees like many fruits!
After I'm picked
Even though I'm tough and crunchy, I'm sensitive to any changes, like too much water or cold. That's why I need to be picked just at the right time. Many people want to eat me only if I look perfect, but even if my shape looks different, I taste the same!
Did you guess... Bell Pepper
Español: pimiento morrón
That's right! Bell Peppers are sweet and crunchy fruits that can be eaten raw or cooked!
Let's Try It
Bell peppers come in red, yellow, orange, green and even white, purple, and brown colors. But did you know all bell peppers start green?
HOW IT GROWS
Bell peppers grow on plants that grow about knee-height high. Farmers fertilize (nourish) the land up to three years before planting bell peppers on it. Peppers are handpicked and finish ripening on their way to the grocery store. While peppers grow best in warm climates, a touch of cold weather sweetens it.
Watch to learn more about How it Grows!
DID YOU KNOW
HOW TO EAT IT
Bell peppers are delicious sliced and eaten raw. You can sautée peppers and add to stirfries, pasta, and more. Bell peppers are also cut up and added to salsas and sauces. Try cutting out the top and stuffing the pepper with rice and other vegetables, and baking it.
Or try our Colorful Bell Pepper Nachos recipe.
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