What am I?
I am a colorful fruit cherished for my sweet and crisp characteristics. People use me in a variety of dishes, from salads to stir-fries, for a burst of flavor and color. Based on my color, I can have a different flavor from bitter to sweet. I can be green, red, yellow, orange and even white, purple, or brown.
Can you guess what I am?
Where I grow
I grow on a plant on the ground in warm and sunny climates. 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. Farmers pick me when I'm ripe for the best flavor. Many people want to eat me only if I look perfect, but even if my shape looks different, I taste the same! Once I'm picked, the culinary possibilities are endless! I can be added fresh to salads, sautéed, or baked and can be added to endless recipes from tacos, spaghetti, and chili.
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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