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May 4, 2017

I Just Learned The Truth About Bell Peppers And WHAT THE HELL?

We've been fed a salad of LIES.

Y'ALL. We need to talk about a very important discovery I've made about the vegetable kingdom. SPECIFICALLY, the truth behind bell peppers, aka the most delicious vegetables of all.

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As any pepper lover knows, they come in a variety of colors: green, yellow, orange, and red.

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And surely, green peppers must come from green pepper trees (or whatever), yellow peppers come from yellow pepper trees, and so on and so forth.

While the different bell peppers are obviously related, they taste different and are different, right? Why else would they each get their own section in the grocery store?

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It's the only thing that makes sense in this crazy world.

Well, little birds, I'm sorry to ruin your entire worldview but as it turns out, we've all been fed a salad of LIES.

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Because you know what? ALL OF THESE PEPPERS ARE THE EXACT SAME VEGETABLE; THEY'RE JUST AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT.

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That's right: Green peppers actually ripen into yellow and orange peppers, which then eventually turn into red peppers. (Some peppers just ripen to yellow or orange, but still, they start out green.)

Like, if they remade 13 Going on 30 except it starred bell peppers, young Jenna would be played by a green pepper and older Jenna would be played by a red pepper.

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RED PEPPER JENNA IS JUST GREEN PEPPER JENNA ALL GROWN UP.

"But why do they taste and smell different?" Because when bell peppers are green, they produce the chemical 2-methoxy-3-isobutylpyrazine (try saying that five times fast), which gives off that ~plant-like smell~.

But as the pepper ripens into yellow, orange, and eventually red, it produces more of the (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-hexanol chemicals, which smell and taste sweeter.

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Hence, why you've been BAMBOOZLED into believing these delicious liars are different vegetables.

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    Yes! I totally thought differently colored peppers were different.
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    No, I've known this for a while.
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    I still don't believe you.
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    Go back to bed, Kat, you're obviously exhausted.

Oh, and P.S.? Green olives are just unripe black olives. (Sorry!!!)

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