A variety of sweet peppers referred to as bell peppers because of their bell shape. Bell peppers are sold in their green, unripe form and provided the strongest flavor. As the bell peppers ripen then turn various shades of yellow, orange and red and they develop more sugar and become quite sweet.
Bell peppers can be eaten fresh, sliced or chopped added to salads or can be cooked or stuffed. This is a common grocery store item and can be found year round. You may also see miniature red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. These are used in the same way you'd use the larger peppers.
What to do if you don't have bell peppers, but your recipe calls for them.
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These colorful mini peppers are marketed as a "mixed color" bag of peppers in red, orange and yellow. The peppers are slightly sweeter than their full-size red of orange counterparts and have very few seeds and slender ribs. See equivalents below.