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Nov 15, 2013 12:30 PM

male and female he created them - Bell Peppers

Chamoritamomma's Kitchen's photo.
Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

I had no idea, never even looked that closely. To think of all the relish trays I may have ruined . . . oh the shame!

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  1. Wow... how's that for Kitchen Wisdom -- I wonder if 3 and 4-bump versions will be available together in the markets. It almost sounds like they might be different varieties of peppers. I've got a bunch of 4-bump red bell peppers in the fridge. Guess I'm better off roasting them, eh?

    1. Fruit have no gender. Furthermore, the flowers of all peppers (and most members of Solanaceae) are hermaphroditic.

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      1. re: NE_Wombat

        Fruit are the swollen ovary (as you describe below) - male swollen ovaries make no sense!

        Most plants are both male and female but some have separate sexes (e.g. kiwifruit) so then you need to have both a male and a female plant to get fruit (and you won't get any from the male!)

        1. re: NE_Wombat

          I would like to still think of bananas as, um, sort of male.

          1. re: NE_Wombat

            There you go again, bringing science into the discussion....

          2. Fruit equivalent of the rib thing?

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            1. re: Veggo

              Hmmmm... does this mean there's no such thing as a "hot" pepper?

            2. Just...trying to figure the bumpy parts... go together...

              1. I only eat male eggplants since they have less seeds and are less bitter. But I insist on female chicken eggs because they are easier to peel. But I won't bring any female jalapenos home because they are too nosy.

                Them peppers be all up in yo' business.

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                1. re: seamunky

                  While there MAY be variation in seed/flavor between eggplants with different types of blossom end scars, it's not because of differences in sex of the fruit. Fruits do not have a gender.

                  Eggplants, like peppers (both are members of Solanaceae) have hermaphroditic flowers (all of the fruit comes from the female portion). The fruit from eggplants with both types of blossom end scars yield seeds that grow into fertile plants - which also all have hermaphroditic flowers.

                  1. re: NE_Wombat

                    erm, i think seamunky is having some fun.

                    green peppers are not ripe. they are immature and picked early. i really don't care for them and am willing to pay extra for red or yellow.

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      Thanks hotoynoodle,

                      Your favoritism toward certain colors of peppers makes me feel better about my sexist views of eggplants. However, the ageist prejudice against "immature" peppers makes me uncomfortable. Green or not, they're all the same shade of night.

                      1. re: seamunky

                        i know ben franklin said "all cats are grey in the dark", but i still don't like green bell peppers. :)

                      2. re: hotoynoodle

                        I certainly took everything other than the talk of eggplant sex (boom-chicka-wow-wow) in the spirit it was offered. The eggplant thinking is extremely common - even if seamonkey offered it in jest.