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asked in category: General Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020

Are bell peppers and capsicum the same?

Capsicum belongs to flowering plant family named Solanaceae. In the U.S. and Canada, the large capsicum form is known as a bell pepper. The only difference that can be seen between bell peppers and capsicum is in the presence of capsaicin which is a lipophilic chemical that produces a burning sensation in the mouth.

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Likewise, people ask, why is capsicum called bell pepper?

The name "pepper" came into use because the plants were hot in the same sense as the condiment black pepper, Piper nigrum. But there is no botanical relationship with this plant, nor with Sichuan Pepper. In Indian English, the word "capsicum" is used exclusively for bell pepper.

Beside above, what countries call peppers capsicum? They are commonly called Chili pepper, red or green pepper, or just pepper in Britain and the US; the large mild form is called bell pepper in the US, capsicum in Australian English and Indian English, and paprika in some other countries (although paprika can also refer to the powdered spice made from various capsicum

Beside above, is there capsaicin in bell peppers?

A bell pepper has no capsaicin. Their capsaicin concentration is given a number on the scale and it is called Scoville Heat Units. Bell peppers do not have capsaicin, so they have zero Scoville Heat Units, therefore they are way at the bottom of the Scoville scale.

Are Bell peppers actually Peppers?

The bell pepper (also known as sweet pepper, pepper or capsicum /ˈkæps?k?m/) is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as "sweet peppers".

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