How much do you know about the vegetables you’re eating? Here’s one food fact that might just blow your mind: red, yellow, and green bell peppers have something in common that you probably never even realized. They are all actually the same vegetable, but at different stages of ripeness! Did you ever think about that?
The revelation was revealed on Twitter by style and lifestyle blogger Amy Eade, who tweeted: “OK so I’ve just found out that green peppers turn yellow, then orange then red and they’re actually all the same pepper just less ripe and my mind is blown.”
The post was so eye-opening to so many people that it was retweeted more than 50,000 times. Everyone needs to know this amazing pepper fact!
Some people were in utter disbelief about finding this out, as one person noted that their “whole life had been a lie” and another person explained: “I thought they were different kinds of pepper I am so shocked!”
Another Twitter user pointed out how it all makes sense now, writing: “Also I’ve seen part orange part yellow ones before and not clocked it was a ripening indication — somehow thought it was a mutated pepper or something.”
Here’s how it shakes out: red, green and yellow or orange bell peppers all come from the same plant, with the red variety being the most mature version and green being the least mature, with orange and yellow falling in between on the spectrum.
Another person commented about the science behind it all, writing: “When you learn about photosynthesis, you learn about the different pigmentation in plants like chloroplast 1 and chloroplast 2 and so on! It’s really cool… it’s similar to what happens to leaves in the fall!”
One Twitter user pointed out that this ripening only occurs on the plant, so if you buy a green pepper and leave it sitting on the counter, it won’t ripen and become red.
One person tweeted how their how world has been rocked by these food revelations, noting: “First I find out that baby carrots don’t grow organically, they are just big carrots cut down and shaped to look like baby carrots. Now this.”
Another commenter noted: “I genuinely thought they were different plants. Every day’s a school day!”
Of course, anyone who has tried the different colors of peppers also knows they have different tastes, but did you know they vary in nutrients too? Red peppers contain twice the amount of vitamin C as green bell peppers, for example.
Some commenter shed a bit more light on the matter, with one person explaining: “Different varieties. Green peppers become either orange, yellow or red. Those 3 colors are the final stages of ripeness. A red pepper will never become orange or yellow. Same with the other 2.”
Another commenter, however, further enlightened those interested in the food discussion, sharing a bit of insight about the pepper colors: “Actually this isn’t strictly true. Yes all red peppers were green before they ripened but yellow and orange peppers are different varieties.”