You’ve heard so much about how vegetables are good for you, and so many of us try to incorporate them into our meals as much as possible. Pepper is one of the most popular and commonly used veggies but how will do you know this all-important cooking spice. There are various color variants of bell peppers; the red, yellow, and green colored types. Most of us simply assume that these three types of pepper are actually from different plants. If you are one of the many people who think this is the case, then you are very wrong. They are not from different plants, just different stages of ripeness of the same plant.
Style and lifestyle blogger Amy Eade made the revelation on Twitter, and so many Twitter users were shocked by that fact. The tweet read: “OK so I’ve just found out that green peppers turn yellow, then orange then red, and they’re all the same pepper just less ripe and my mind is blown.”
The post has been retweeted more than 50,000 times. It is obvious such a large number of people did not know this fact before now.
One user shocked by the revelation said “whole life had been a lie” and another person who had the same believe also noted, “I thought they were different kinds of pepper I am so shocked!”
Another Twitter user who has seen partly red and part orange pepper in the past commented on how it all makes sense now. “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.”
If you are still wondering how this is even possible, here’s a simple explanation. All color variants of pepper whether re, green, yellow or orange come from the same plant. The red ones are the most mature while the green ones are the least mature. The orange and yellow ones fall in between the spectrum regarding maturity. One of those who commented on the post shed more light on the science behind it.
“When you learn about photosynthesis, you learn about the different pigmentation in plants like chloroplast 1 and chloroplast 2 and so on! It’s cool… it’s similar to what happens to leaves in the fall!”
Of course, this process takes place only on the plant. It is impossible for green pepper sitting on the counter to ripen or become red all by itself. This isn’t the first time a new fact emerges about vegetables or any other type of food that seems to challenge all that we thought we knew about them. As one Twitter user noted: “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.”
The mere fact that these pepper have different tastes probably strengthened people’s belief in the past that they are from different plants. It shouldn’t be so much surprising now if we tell you they have varying nutrients as well. Red pepper, for example, contains twice the amount of Vitamin C that green pepper has.
One of those who commented had a slightly dissenting view of the matter “Actually this isn’t strictly true. Yes all red peppers were green before they ripened, but yellow and orange peppers are different varieties.” the Twitter user wrote.
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
— Amy (@callmeamye) September 11, 2018
DO you know any popular belief that people have about vegetables that aren’t true? Share with others in the comment section below.