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Definition: sweet pepper from The Penguin English Dictionary

a large mild thick-skinned capsicum fruit.


a pepper plant bearing this fruit.

Summary Article: sweet pepper
from Dictionary of Food: International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z

The fruit of an annual bush Capsicum annuum Grossum Group which is green when unripe and passes through yellow to red as it becomes riper. Some can be purple or brown. They are generally about 8 – 15 cm long, 6 – 10 cm in diameter, possible tapering with a fleshy outer covered with a tough shiny skin and with small seeds in the mainly hollow interior. Known by their colour (i.e. green, red peppers) or as paprika or bell peppers. Their flavour is due to the compound capsaicin which is an irritant in high concentrations. Also called Spanish pepper

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