A viral tweet is claiming that green, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers are all the same plant at different degrees of ripeness.
It’s not true.
They’re all different plants.
However, it is true that sometimes green peppers are simply unripe red ones.
There’s a viral claim going around that the green, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers you see in grocery stores are all the same plant.
As the theory goes, peppers start out as green, then turn yellow and orange as they ripen, before finally turning red.
Here’s the thing: It’s not true.
The claim went viral on Twitter when Call Me Amy, a lifestyle blogger, posted it. It has more than 51,000 retweets and 260,000 likes. It blew the minds of thousands of commenters, and was picked up uncritically by everyone from the BBC to HuffPost.
OK so I’ve just found out that green peppers turn yellow then orange then red and they’re actually all the same pepper just less ripe and my mind is blown
— Amy (@callmeamye) September 11, 2018
But it’s simply not true that the different peppers you see in the grocery store are all one plant.
Look at any seed catalogue, and you’ll see different seeds for different types of peppers. There are different ones for green, red, yellow, and orange.
It is true that some green peppers in grocery store are unripe red peppers, some of which start out green before turning red. Kevin Lawrence, a farmer at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York, told INSIDER in an interview that red peppers are more expensive because they take longer to grow and need more protection.
“They had to sit on the vine longer,” Lawrence said. “They’re more prone to infection and disease from sitting …read more
Source:: Business Insider