Chocolate Bell Pepper
This chili is distinct from bell peppers for its unique color transformation and sweet flavor. Initially glossy green, it matures into a reddish-brown hue, resembling chocolate. This change in color is purely aesthetic, with no effect on flavor. These peppers are sweeter than green varieties, yet not as sweet as red ones, offering a balanced taste that enhances a variety of dishes.
Flavor and Uses
How to use Choc. Bell Peppers?
Medium in size, Chocolate Bell Peppers have a thick, meaty, and juicy flesh. Their large, deeply lobed, and somewhat bell-shaped form makes them not only look cool but also practical for dishes like stuffed peppers, salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries.
Chocolate Bell Peppers are also noteworthy for their nutritional value. Low in calories, they are a rich source of vitamins C and K, B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium. Their health benefits include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, blood pressure and cholesterol management, support for eyesight and skin health, and a low glycemic index, making them appropriate for diabetic diets.
As a cultivar of Capsicum annuum, they are among the earliest in the pepper growing season, maturing in about 75 days. These peppers require full sun, with at least six hours of sunlight daily, and may need light shade in extremely hot climates. Consistent moisture is important for optimal fruiting, particularly during the fruit-bearing stage.
Like all peppers, chocolate bell pepper seeds need heat for proper germination. Heat can be sourced from a heat mat or even the top of a refrigerator! Suitable for container gardening, they require large containers with proper drainage. Placement in full sun is ideal, though they should have access to shade in high temperatures. Regular watering and suitable soil conditions are essential for healthy growth.
Isolated Seeds. 20-25+ per pack.
Gardeners and cooks alike appreciate Chocolate Bell Peppers for their eye-catching appearance, pleasantly sweet taste, and health benefits. They are particularly effective in early-season gardens and offer an appealing addition to a variety of culinary creations.
Also check out our yellow bell peppers!