Selecting Male and Female Peppers

Did you know there were male and female peppers and each is better in certain dishes?  Welcome to Peppers 101.  I love to grow my own peppers.  I grow green, white, yellow, red and a variety of hot peppers.  I love using them in veggie trays, chili, sauces, pasta dishes, jambalaya and anything else I can cook up.

  • Lesson 1 - Male peppers have 3 bumps on the bottom and female peppers have 4. 
  • Lesson 2 - Male peppers are usually a little taller and have less seeds than the female.  They are better for cooking.
  • Lesson 3 - Females are more round and have a sweeter taste than the males.  I use these for veggie trays and salads. 
They next time you're at the grocery store, flip those babies over and check out the bumps.  Make your selection according to the dish you're preparing.