Jul 6, 2018

Bell Pepper Myth Debunked

Myth, flip the bell peppers over to check their gender. The ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male. In fact, some have two and some five lobes. Bell peppers do not have gender. Some things never go away and there are many errant web sites still propagating this myth.

The number of lobes of a bell pepper is determined by its variety. Different varieties produce different numbers of lobes, between two to five. The most popular variety of bell pepper in the US produces four lobes, so many plants have been bred for this characteristic. There is no difference in the peppers number of lobes or bumps for sweetness or number of seeds.