Can you eat bell pepper seeds?

In this piece of writing, we will answer the question “Can you eat bell pepper seeds?”. Moreover, we will discuss the classification of bell pepper, its varieties, and the health benefits of eating bell pepper seeds. 

Can you eat bell pepper seeds?

Yes, you can eat bell pepper seeds as they are not toxic. These seeds may give some bitter taste when a person ingests them, but they do not have any side effects at all.

There is a misconception about pepper seeds that they are bitter, and they can make food hot and spicy. But this is not the case that happens every time with every food. There are certain species of pepper that have bitter seeds, but the seeds of bell pepper are not that bitter.

Bell pepper

Bell pepper is also known as sweet pepper and is less bitter than other peppers. Bell pepper exists in different varieties of colours like red, green, yellow, orange and sometimes in lavender, chocolate brown and cream colour.

Like tomatoes and avocados they are also fruits by their botanical lineage, but they are also considered a vegetable. Bell pepper not only has different colours, but it also exists in different types. Some of the important types of sweet pepper are as follows:

  • Cherry pepper
  • Cubanelle pepper
  • Green bell pepper
  • Italian frying pepper
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Purple bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Roasting pimentos
  • Yellow bell pepper

Cherry pepper:

Cherry bell peppers are a little bit spicy that taste like sweet nuggets. They can be used in salads or in pickles.

Cubanelle pepper:

These types of bell peppers are long and thin. These are pale yellow-green which when grown are dark green which can turn into red when fully ripened.

Cubanelle peppers are mostly sold in an unripened state when they are green in colour and can be used as an aromatic for different dishes and salads. 

Green bell pepper:

Green bell pepper has a grassy flavour and its texture is crunchy. They are the best choice for making stuffed peppers. 

Italian frying pepper:

Italian frying peppers are also thin. They are also mild ones as compared to others. Italian frying pepper can be fried in olive oil and can be used as a side dish as well as they are the best choice for sandwiches.

Orange bell pepper:

Orange bell peppers are also sweet as they look, but they are not a very good choice to eat as their flavour is not that good. They can be best used in salads

Purple bell pepper:

Purple bell peppers are the type of bell peppers that are less sweet as compared to red, orange and yellow ones but sweeter than green ones. They can also be used in salads as well as in cooked form.

Red bell peppers:

Red bell peppers are the sweetest of all bell peppers. They have less grassy flavour and have a bright colour which makes them the perfect choice for salads. They can be eaten in a roasted form and have a silky appearance.

Roasting Pimentos:

Roasting pimentos are the bell peppers that are best for roasting as indicated by their name. The sugar content is more in them and when they are roasted they become sweeter and has a silky appearance.

Yellow bell pepper:

Yellow bell peppers have a taste and sweetness similar to orange and red bell pepper. They are delicious when they are roasted, and their yellowish texture is retained even on roasting.

Health benefits of bell pepper seeds

Bell pepper seeds are safe to eat and have no toxic effect rather they are beneficial for health. Bell pepper seeds are rough in texture and are hard that gives a crunchy taste to the food in which they are present. While the bitterness of the seeds comes from the compound capsaicin which is present in the placental white part of the pepper.

The health benefits of the pepper are because of the presence of several important nutrients which are important for the normal functioning of the body. Bell peppers have a good amount of vitamins with very low calories in them thus beneficial for the body. 

Bell pepper seeds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium along with some amount of folate, iron and fibres. These all are the essential compounds that are required by the body for the normal functioning and maintenance of body cells.


In this brief article, we have talked about the bell pepper seeds and answered the question “Can you eat bell pepper seeds?”. We have also discussed the types and health benefits of bell pepper along with the ways to consume different types of bell peppers.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.