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What’s the difference between bell peppers and chili peppers?

3 July, 2009

Answer:

Bell or sweet peppers and chili peppers are actually from the same family of plants (same as the tomato, in fact!). They were first discovered by the Western world when Columbus travelled to America. At that time, peppercorns were a very prized condiment, so he called these vegetables “peppers”.

dried chili peppersThe main difference between bell peppers and chili peppers is the spiciness. The spiciness of peppers is measured by using Scoville’s method. This involves extracting the pepper’s spiciness through heat and measuring it on a scale.

Bell peppers measure 0 on the Scolville scale. Chili peppers measure 100. The hottest pepper? The Habanero, which clocks in at 100,000 on the Scolville scale.

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7 Responses to “What’s the difference between bell peppers and chili peppers?”

October 22, 2009 at 9:03 am, Sandy said:

3/4 dried chili pepper(s), minced

So the above is not dried pepper flakes? Can I find dried chili peppers in metro?

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October 25, 2009 at 8:50 am, Cinzia said:

I recommend to buy the dried chilli peppers, whole, in 50-75 g. bags, because they are inexpensive and keep for a very long time. If you do not find them, you can also use the flakes. To find out more about this subject, you may read About certain foods – Hot (chili) pepper.

November 09, 2012 at 10:50 am, vanessa said:

may i correct you on a certain fact? The habanero isnt t spicest chilli. It is actually an indian chilli known as ‘bhut jolokia’ which means the ghost chili it measures more than 1,000,000 scoville units and is in t guiness book of world records as the world’s spiciest chillies. Jus wanted to inform you. Id also like to thank you for t information on chili n peppers it was very useful. Thanks alot =)

July 29, 2014 at 5:10 am, Lindsay M said:

What’s the difference between tomatoes, bell peppers and chili peppers? I can eat tomato sauce with no problem, and chili is delicious too but bell peppers make me sick to my stomach. I thought it might be just the capsaicin but now I find out tomatoes are related, too- I am confused.

July 29, 2014 at 9:24 am, Cinzia said:

Hi Lindsay,
Most of the problem is with the bell pepper skin and with the green pepper which has not reached full maturity. Use only red bell peppers and try our recipe for Oven-roasted peppers (http://www.soscuisine.com/en/recipes/view/oven-roasted-peppers?sos_l=en), then peel off the skin. If you can digest them, then you know this trick works for you! :=)

February 02, 2015 at 1:36 am, Sam G. said:

Linsay M. I have the same problems as you with bell peppers. I’m gonna give Cinzias recommendation a try. Will let y’all know how it turns out. Thank y’all

April 15, 2016 at 12:31 am, Susan Shaver said:

I cannot believe bell peppers and hot peppers are from the same family. There must be some difference.

Even though I love bell peppers they make me horribly nauseated to the point of throwing up all over the place. It´s gotten to even just the smell does it.

Hot peppers do not do that to me. Not at all. I can only eat a small amount v¡because of the heat, but they do not make me sick.

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