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Aug 25, 2012 10:39 AM

Question for Canadian 'Hounds

Do you folks north of the border use the term "bell pepper," or "capsicum?"

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  1. Bell pepper. Because we get so much Britash TV, I'm used to hearing capsicum, but the supermarkets all call them bell peppers.

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    1. re: MrsCris

      But we Brits don't call them capsicums - they're always just "peppers"

      1. re: Harters

        I thought you called them "sweet peppers."

          1. re: Harters

            That's the same for me in Vancouver, Harters, though you will see them listed as bell peppers too. I mostly buy jalapenos (sorry too lazy to find the tilde) but would never call them green peppers :-).

            1. re: grayelf

              Me neither. Jalapenos are jalapenos. Green peppers are green peppers.

        1. re: Harters

          Really? My mistake then. I'm thinking of, for example, Nigella Lawson who seems to call them capsicums.

          1. re: MrsCris

            So I did a quick search as I got curious. It seems that folks in Australia, New Zealand, and India call them capsicums.

            1. re: MrsCris

              I'm surprised that Nigella calls them capsicums. She doesnt seem to on her website -

              1. re: MrsCris

                She might be adapting for foreign audiences. I just bought a copy of a Nigel Slater book in Toronto and was devastated to read an instruction for broiling.

                1. re: gembellina

                  Broiling? BROILING?

                  That's foreign, that is. He'll be writing recipes in pounds and ounces next.

                    1. re: gembellina

                      Damn. The man has sold his soul. Burn him, burn him.

                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                        Broiling is what we call grilling (in the oven, directly under the top heating element). And what Americans call grilling (outside, over flames), we call barbecuing. And what Americans call BBQing, I don't think we really have a separate name for. Maybe hot smoking?

                        1. re: gembellina

                          Interesting. Canadians say broiling as Americans do, but we too call barbecuing what Americans call grilling (for the most part), as you do. We so have BBQ, but it's not very widespread.

              2. Yep, bell pepper. But a lot of people would know what was meant by capsicum, although I've never seen them labelled that way in stores.

                1. It's true - here we do call them bell peppers. But at our house, when we say "peppers" it means poblanos as that are what we buy most often.

                  1. I've heard them termed Sweet red bell peppers here in Vancouver BC Canada..Most people assume if you just say red or green peppers you mean the bell pepper which is the most common in supermarkets. Jalapenos seem to be the next most common, thai bird chillies, habaneros, seranos, Banana peppers, cherry peppers, chipotles, rellenos. heck the list is them all! I've heard the British use both terms bell pepper and capsicum. As a fan of the Australian Women's weekly cookbooks, I know they used the word capsicum, as well as aubergine for eggplant, courgettes for zucchinis, and kumara for what we call yams which is the more orange and less starchy version of a sweet potato, but our calling them "yams" may not be correct because apparently a yam is a totally different vegetable from Africa...but that's a different discussion... like the difference between a rhutabaga & a turnip. I grew up calling a large yellow "Swede" turnip, or rhutabaga, just a turnip because that's all my Mum grew up with. Years later I was presented with a smaller more rounded white fleshed "English" turnip... oh, but that's another discussion too... I don't care what it's called.... as long as it tastes good!!! :-)

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                    1. re: SusieQ222

                      Me too! I thought the rutabaga was called turnip until I went to buy them.

                    2. Bell pepper or green or red pepper.

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                      1. re: Ruthie789

                        OKay. Perhaps a tad too verbose. Apologies. LIke the yellow orange & purple peppers too. The bell ones.

                        1. re: SusieQ222

                          All I know is that I do like them!