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Are the different colors of bell peppers actually from the same plant/seed? How do we get all four colors of peppers then?

Sweet bell peppers can be green, yellow, purple, orange, red, brown, black or ivory, depending on the stage of ripeness and the variety.

All sweet bell peppers start out green, and change color as they ripen. (They also get sweeter.) What can be confusing is that there is also a variety that is green when ripe. Green sweet bell peppers start out green and are green when ripe. The color of other varieties depends on the specific variety you’re dealing with. So, all colors of sweet bell peppers start out green and turn the color they are genetically predisposed to be as they ripen.

Check our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database for nutrition, selection and storage information on a variety of fruits and vegetables.
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