Frequently Asked Questions About Peppers

In our experience and research into all things peppers, we’ve found some interesting tidbits that we didn’t know about. We’ve also found that most people have a lot of questions about peppers; their origin, how to get rid of the burn, etc.

We’ve compiled some of those questions – and answers – here. Have a question we don’t cover here? Send us a message through our Contact Us page and we’ll check it out for you.

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Are Peppers a Vegetable?

Nope. Peppers are actually a fruit, but in the culinary world they are considered a vegetable and are used as such.

Are Peppers Good For You?

According to WebMD:

“Peppers have a lot going for them. They’re low in calories and are loaded with good nutrition. All varieties are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Compared to green bell peppers, the red ones have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C.”

Are Green Bell Peppers Ripe?

Naturally speaking, green bell peppers are simply unripened red bell peppers. That’s why you’ll find them cheaper than the ripened red, yellow and orange varieties. There are now genetically modified green bell peppers that are ripened.

Do Animals Feel Pepper Burn?

Mammals, yes, birds and aquatic animals, no. In fact, some people feed pepper flakes to Koi to keep their colors bright.

Do Hot Peppers Give You Heartburn or Indigestion?

There is no data that supports that peppers give you heartburn or cause any health problems – just the opposite, actually. Odds are it’s similar to the old wive’s tale that turkey has so much tryptophan that it causes you to get sleepy when in reality, it’s all the food you eat on Thanksgiving, not the turkey which has no more tryptophan in it than any other meat.

Chances are that it’s the foods people eat WITH peppers that cause heartburn or any indigestion.

Is Pepper Spray From Peppers or Ground Pepper??

Pepper spray is indeed made from pure capsaicin which is the element in hot peppers that causes the burning sensation on skin, eyes and your tongue.

Capsaicin is used for riot control with police agencies and in personal defense consumer pepper spray. When the spray comes in contact with skin, especially eyes or mucous membranes, it produces pain and breathing difficulty, discouraging assailants. U.S. Grade Police Pepper Spray clocks in at 5.3 million Scoville Heat Units while standard Consumer Grade Pepper Spray is typically in the 2 million Scoville Heat Units range or about the average Carolina Reaper type of heat…in someone’s eyeballs. Ouch.

What's The Best Remedy For Pepper Burn?

We’ve done a lot of research on this and have personal experience as well. The misnomer is that dairy is what takes away the burn. Actually, it’s the fat in dairy products that neutralizes the capsaicin or the burn. So, if you try drinking non-fat or low-fat milk or sour cream to take away the burn of eating a super hot pepper, you won’t be getting the results you’re looking for.

Acidic foods also help. Many people drink orange juice or eat pineapple to reduce the capsaicin burn.

As far as pepper burn in your eyes? We recommend not touching your eyes when handling peppers in the first place. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching peppers or anything containing capsaicin such as hot sauces or hot salsa.