Bell Pepper; Definition, its Health Benefits and Uses

Bell Pepper in different colours

Bell pepper is a common type of pepper that is actually not pepperish. In fact it is known as sweet pepper due to its lack of hot chili characteristics noted for other types of pepper species.

Bell peppers come in various types of colours. The most commonly encountered colours of bell peppers are red, green, yellow and orange. Other colours are white, pink,brown and lavender.

Other names of bell pepper are sweet pepper, paprika, green pepper ( name based on its colour). In southwestern Nigeria, it is called tatashe.

Bell peppers are classified as berries but also considered as a vegetable.

Uses of Bell Pepper

Bell pepper is an edible vegetable used to prepare a variety of dishes. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It is used in the preparation of salads, pizza, stew , jollof/fried rice, roasted meat spicing and much more. 

Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

Bell peppers contain 94% water, 5% carbohydrates and 1% protein. They are a rich source of vitamin C and to a lesser extent, vitamin A.

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