Friday, January 27, 2017

Bell Pepper lies

This one makes the Internet occasionally.

I didn't know this either - particularly because it isn't true.

Not sure the purveyors of these silly stories are altogether clear on basic biology.  The fact is, bell peppers are a common fruit.  In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants formed from the ovary after flowering. This seed-bearing part of the plant is invariably regarded by biologists as "female".  There is no such thing as a "male" bell pepper, although feeling bumps on the bottom may gratify the voyeuristic sense, in some titillating manner.

I really have no idea if there is any substantive difference in the eating quality of 4-bump or 3-bump.  It may well be true that one is better for cooking.  I have never tested this hypothesis, and cannot speculate.  

But I am absolutely certain that the basis for this popular meme is totally false.  This is a trivial example of the kind of phony "fact" commonly found around the Internet.

Fake news at its finest!

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