Red, orange, yellow, and green bell peppers are all different types of peppers.

All Bell Peppers Are Essentially the Same

Red, orange, yellow, and green bell peppers are all the same type of bell pepper, they are just in different stages of ripeness. Bell peppers start green and then ripen to yellow and orange and then finally to red.[1]

With that in mind, different strains of bell pepper are bred to favor a color. So some strains a bred to keep from ripening and stay green, while others are bred to ripen to a red.

FACT: The vitamin contents of peppers change as they ripen, so for example red bell peppers have 11 times more beta-carotene, about two times more Vitamin C and ten times more Vitamin A than the first-harvested green bell pepper.[2]


It is a myth that different types of bell peppers are different types of culinary vegetables, they are all the same type of pepper from the same plant. The different is in stages of ripeness.


  1. Bell pepper.
  2. Bell Peppers: Differences Between Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.

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