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Are Bell Pepper Seeds Edible? Let’s Find Out!

  • Amy 

Can You Eat Bell Pepper Seeds? Are They Edible?

Yes, you can eat bell pepper seeds, but not very tasty. They’re pretty bitter.

That said, there are many ways to use bell pepper seeds. For example, you could grind them up and sprinkle them over salad dishes. Or you could add them to soups or stews.

But be careful when handling bell pepper seeds. Please don’t eat them raw. And never put them in your mouth. Instead, remove the seeds from the peppers by cutting them out. Then wash off any remaining flesh and seeds.

If you still have leftover seeds, place them in a glass jar. Cover the top of the pot with a paper towel and secure it with a rubber band.

Place the jar in a sunny window where the seeds will dry out. After several days, the seeds should be ready to use.

This way, you won’t waste food and have some extra seeds to grow next season.

What Happens If You Eat Bell Pepper Seeds?

Bell pepper seeds are spicy, hot, and delicious! They’re also very nutritious.

Eating them isn’t recommended because they contain a chemical called traces of capsaicin, which causes stomach pain and diarrhoea. But, some people eat green pepper seeds anyway. 

Most people who eat green pepper seeds experience mild gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. But not everyone reacts this way. Some people report no side effects at all.

If you decide to try eating green pepper seeds, be aware that there may be health risks. For instance, capsaicin content can cause dehydration and kidney damage.

So if you’re prone to heat-related illnesses, such as sunburn, heatstroke, or heat exhaustion, avoid eating green pepper seeds.

Are Bell Pepper Seeds Spicy?

Bell peppers are sweet and delicious, but some varieties are spicy hot! And because bell pepper seeds are small and round, they pack a lot of heat!

The spiciness comes from a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is found in chilli peppers and some other plants.

Capsaicin is not harmful to humans, but it does cause pain when eaten. So, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your diet, bell pepper seeds may be the ticket!

That said, not everyone enjoys eating them. Some people find them too hot, while others dislike the crunchy texture.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try adding some roasted bell pepper seeds to salads and sandwiches. Or sprinkle them onto pizza, pasta, or a variety of dishes.

Or eat them plain!

Can You Grow Bell Peppers With Seeds?

The growing bell pepper plant is a great way to learn about gardening. But growing them from seeds is even better!

Seeds are inexpensive, easy to grow, and need very little space. Plus, you can experiment with different pepper plants to find out which ones work best for your garden.

  • To grow bell peppers from seed, you need to sow them indoors at least four weeks before your last frost date.
  • Sow two to three seeds per cell in small pots filled with potting soil. Keep the jars warm until germination occurs.
  • Once the seedlings emerge, please place them in a sunny window or outdoors where temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Water daily and fertilize once every week or so.
  • After eight weeks, transplant the seedlings into individual cells in a large pot. Continue watering and fertilizing until the peppers reach maturity.
  • When harvesting, cut off the tops of the Chili peppers and leave the stems attached. Hang the aged peppers upside down for several days to dry. Then store them in an excellent, dark location for six months.

Can You Cook Bell Pepper Seeds?

Yes, you can cook fresh bell pepper seeds!

Here’s how:

Step 1: Put the seeds in water overnight. Drain them the following day, add fresh water, and let them soak again. Repeat this process two times.

Step 2: Then drain the seeds and put them in a pot with enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and simmer until the seeds pop out.

Step 3: Now rinse them off and dry them. Could you put them in a bowl and add some salt? Let them sit for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4: Then use a spoon to remove the hulls from the seeds. It should take about 10 minutes.

Step 5: After removing the hulls, open the hot peppers and remove the seeds. Rinse them off and dry them.

Step 6: Next, place the healthy bell pepper in a saucepan and pour over boiling water until they’re covered. Boil them for 5 minutes, turn off the hot pepper heat and leave them in the pan for another 15 minutes.

Step 7: Drain the spicy peppers and cool them down. Peel the skin off the mature bell peppers and slice them.

Step 8: You can serve them plain, or sprinkle them with salt and mild pepper. They taste great on top of rice, pasta, potatoes, salads, sandwiches, pizza, etc.

What are the Benefits of Eating Bell Pepper Seeds?

1. Eating bell pepper seeds can help improve your memory. Bell pepper seeds contain L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, which helps keep your brain healthy.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects mood, motivation, pleasure, and reward systems in the brain.

2. They’re also known to help lower cholesterol, improve digestion, boost energy, and reduce cancer risk. Plus, they taste great!

3. Bell pepper seeds contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and protein. They’re also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and folate.

4. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your diet, consider adding some bell pepper seeds to your meals.

5. Because bell pepper seeds are packed with nutrients, they may also help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

6. Capsaicin is also effective at relieving pain and inflammation. So eating bell pepper seeds may help reduce pain and discomfort associated with arthritis, back problems, migraines, and digestive disorders.

Last Words

Bell peppers are delicious, nutritious, and versatile. They’re also straightforward to grow from seed. And if you have trouble growing them from seed, you should check out the video tutorial I linked above.

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Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!