The bell pepper, also known as capsicum, pepper, or sweet pepper, is a unique food from the Capsicum Annuum species.
Bell peppers are covered with a smooth outer skin to protect crunchy flesh on the inside. Bell peppers, unlike jalapeno, banana, or cayenne peppers, taste sweet instead of peppery.
This reason is what makes Bell peppers a choice to give flavor to many dishes. You can eat them independently, or you can add them to your cooking as a healthy food choice that boosts your diet.
Most people think that bell peppers are vegetables. Actually, bell peppers are fruits that flowering plants create. They come in numerous colors like green, red, and yellow.
How Much Does a Bell Pepper Weigh?
The average weight of a Bell Pepper is between 3.8 to 15.8 ounces (0.11 to 0.45 kg). The weight includes the seed core and stem. The weight of actual bell pepper can vary depending on its variety.
Bell pepper’s height can grow from 1.5 (0.46 meters) to 5 feet (1.52 meters), a width of 18 inches (46 centimeters) to 5 feet (1.52 centimeters). They produced fruit with has average of 3 inches (7.5 cm) to 7 inches (17.8 cm) long and 4 inches wide (10 cm).
Some bell peppers can grow up to 7 inches (17.78 cm) long, but most of them can only get up to 3 or 4 inches long.
Most bell pepper’s width is about 4 inches or 10.3 cm.
Other factors such as soil conditions, plant spacing, sunlight exposure, and watering frequency play important roles in the weight and size of bell peppers.
Block-shaped peppers, on average, have 4 inches of width by 6 inches of height. Meanwhile, long varieties can mature up to 8 inches. One big bell pepper equals 1 ¼ cups if sliced or 1 cup if chopped.
Almost all of the red peppers you see are actually green peppers ripened to red, thus making them taste slightly sweeter. Red peppers are more costly to buy than green ones. The reason is that the bell pepper farmers have to put extra effort to maintain them longer until they become ripen.
However, there is one selection of bell peppers that cannot turn green, not even when unripened. That variety is Rouge Royals.
Rouge Royals are bell peppers in extended lengths that grow as red and will always stay red. The length of an average Rouge Royals is up to 8 inches or 20 cm. The average weight of each of them is usually exceeding a pound (450g). They taste sweet. In Canada, Seeds of Diversity acknowledges Rouge Royal as endangered fruit.
To grow bell peppers, it takes between 65 and 80 days for them to become ripen. Thus they can be cultivated as green peppers. If you want to make the green bell peppers become ripen in red, you will need to add an extra 2 to 3 weeks to maintain.