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Nov 5, 2013

From My Garden-BOW

Bell Pepper, can you guess why it has that name??

Just a little history:
The misleading name "pepper" was given by Christopher Columbus upon bringing the plant back to Europe. At that time peppercorns, the fruit of an unrelated plant originating from India, was a highly prized condiment; the name "pepper" was at that time applied in Europe to all known spices with a hot and pungent taste and so naturally extended to the newly discovered Capsicum genus. The most commonly used alternative name of the plant family, "chile", is of Mexican origin. Bell peppers are botanically fruits, but are generally considered in culinary contexts to be vegetables.
While the bell pepper is a member of the Capsicum genus, it is the only Capsicum that does not produce capsaicin, a lipophilic chemical that can cause a strong burning sensation when it comes in contact with mucous membranes.  The lack of capsaicin in bell peppers is due to a recessive form of a gene that eliminates capsaicin and, consequently, the "hot" taste usually associated with the rest of the Capsicum genus.
The terms "bell pepper", "pepper" are often used for any of the large bell shaped fruits, regardless of their color. 


Gene Black said...

That was really interesting, Rhonda. I guess the lack of capsaicin is why I am not fond of the bell pepper.
Your design is perfect.

Needled Mom said...

I never thought about it being a fruit, but I guess since it has seeds it is. Very interesting! Great pepper too.

Tammy said...

Thank you for the bell pepper. Love to see teh ifferent colored ones.

Barb said...


Pat said...

Gene and I are polar opposites on this as I do not like "spicy".....so I like bell peppers (and actually like the red ones the best). Here is another (supposedly true)bell pepper fact. Ones with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and good for snacking or in salads.....ones with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, and I didn't know any of it! I love orange and yellow ones, and someday I'm going to grow purple and white ones just to see what they taste like. Green ones make my throat itch if I eat them raw, but other colors don't. Odd, isn't it? Thanks for the pattern.

Sandra said...

That was very informative. Thank you for sharing your time and your wonderful talent.


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