Food Facts: Bell Peppers
Next time you are out in the garden, or at the food store, check the bottom of the bell peppers. If the pepper has 4 bumps, it is female. If it has three, it's male. Why does this matter?
Well, female peppers are rounder, they have more seeds, and taste sweeter than male peppers when eaten raw. So for salads and veggie trays grab the female peppers.
Male peppers are taller and thin. They are not as sweet as female peppers, but hold up better when heated and therefore are better for cooking. Think stews and stir-fries for these guys. Male peppers are also best for roasted peppers; a summer classic in my house.