Sometimes it can seem frustrating to try a new recipe and not know how much of an ingredient to purchase at the store. Sometimes they give you a quantity of bell pepper in volume (2 cups), sometimes as a weight (8 ounces) and still others the bell pepper is given as a produce description (2 medium peppers). But what are they really talking about? So how much is in a bell pepper? In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many bell peppers you need to buy.

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To answer How many bell peppers in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the produce section. After surveying their selection we discovered that 1 pound of bell peppers is equal to about 5 medium or 3 large bell peppers.

We decided to use a medium bell pepper for our calculations. We then started chopping and found it took 2 seeded bell peppers to reach the 1 cup mark.

Did you know that since bell peppers have seeds and come from flowering plants, they are actually fruits, not vegetables? Bell peppers belong to the same plant genus as the spicy, hot peppers; however, the bells have no capsicum, thus their "sweet peppers" nickname. Bell peppers are native to Mexico, and Central and South American regions.

Next time your recipe calls for a cup of chopped bell peppers you"ll feel confident knowing how many bell peppers you need. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many bell peppers in a... measurements you need.

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Bell peppers are mild sweet peppers native to Mexico and Central and South America, and are now cultivated throughout the world. They are also called sweet peppers. In cooking, they are used as vegetables. They do not produce capsaicin, the compound that causes the spiciness of most peppers.

Bell peppers are the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus that are available in many colors, most commonly red, yellow, green and orange. There are also brown, white, purple and lavender varieties. Green peppers are usually unripe peppers that if allowed to ripen, turn yellow, then orange, then red. They get sweeter and more nutritious as they ripen.

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Is a Bell Pepper a Fruit or Vegetable?


A bell pepper is botanically a fruit, but it is used as a vegetable in cooking.


What Are the Types of Bell Pepper?


There are approximately 50,000 varieties of bell pepper, but they are commonly sold by color, as the color of the pepper indicates the flavor profile. Green, red, orange and yellow are the most common colors sold in stores. Bell peppers are green when unripe. They turn yellow, then orange, then red as they ripen, and they become sweeter and contain more vitamin C and vitamin A as they ripen.

They are sold as mini bell peppers that are 3-4 inches long and full sized peppers that are 4-6 inches tall and 3-5 inches in diameter.


Bell peppers are sold as mini bell peppers that are 3-4 inches long and an inch or two in diameter and full sized bell peppers that are 4-6 inches tall and 3-5 inches in diameter. They have a boxy shape with very thin, smooth, shiny skin, a heavy stem at one end, grooves that run down the sides and a rounded bottom. They are hollow, with clusters of seeds inside, and a crisp texture.

They can be green, yellow, orange or red. They are sweeter than most vegetables, but not as sweet as most fruits. They have a fruity, mild pepper flavor that is strongest in green peppers and mildest in red peppers.

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Raw bell peppers are used as healthy snacks and as crudites usually served with dip. They are often stuffed and cooked. They can be a main ingredient in dishes like stir fries or sausage and peppers. They are added to sauces like spaghetti sauce as a flavoring ingredient. There are also sauces and soups that use bell peppers either as a dominant or contributing flavor.

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Other mild peppers like poblano and Anaheim peppers can be substituted for bell peppers, but they will increase the spiciness of the dish. Paprika can be used, but it is made of many peppers and will change the flavor profile. Onions or bok choy can also be substituted if you don’t want the bell pepper flavor.


Bell peppers are a healthy snack for your dog. As with any new or unusual food, only feed small amounts, as large amounts may cause intestinal upset. Cats don’t usually like bell peppers, but it is safe for them to eat small amounts. Birds can eat bell peppers, and they help provide Vitamins A and C in their diet. The seeds are not toxic for them, but the stems can be, so remove them before feeding. Lizards can eat bell peppers in small amounts, but they have more phosphorus than calcium, so they should be fed as a treat to avoid metabolic bone diseases. It’s better to feed them red bell peppers as they have more vitamin A and vitamin C. Remove the seeds before feeding to lizards.


Yes, bell peppers give some people gas. They have a lot of fiber which can cause gas, and the capsaicin they contain can stimulate the intestinal tract. Cooked bell peppers are easier to digest for most people. Removing the skin can also make them easier to digest. While they are very mild peppers, they are still peppers, and can cause problems for people with gastritis or acid reflux.

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Bell peppers should be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator. Be sure they are dry when you store them, as moisture will make them rot. Green bell peppers last for 8 to 10 days in the crisper but red bell peppers will only hold their freshness for 3 to 5 days.