Imagine there were a bunch of facts about peppers you were completely ignorant of. Sounds crazy right? We're pepper-heads all the way. Well, that's what lifestyle blogger @callmeamye thought too, before someone informed her that different colored peppers are actually just the same species of pepper at different stages of ripeness.
But then, just when she thought she had a grasp on her new reality, a group of Twitter scientists came in and pulled the rug out from under her.
Here's Amy's original post, which caused a firestorm in the pepper-loving community.
OK so I've just found out that green peppers turn yellow then orange then red and they're actually all the same pep… https://t.co/kdq9P6C1nw— Amy (@Amy)1536696497.0
The internet was peppered with shock (HAHAHAHAHA!)
@callmeamye Eh??? How!— Tamzin 🖤🥑 (@Tamzin 🖤🥑)1536731258.0
@TamzinSwann On the vine! It’s why red ones are the sweetest because they’re most ripe 😱— Amy (@Amy)1536736502.0
Apparently, as Amy heard it, the ripening coloration happened exclusively on the vine...
@laurajaylovette FYI apparently this won’t happen in your fridge, only on the vine haha— Amy (@Amy)1536704695.0
Then, another massive bombshell got dropped.
@callmeamye But some peppers are male and some are female.— Everyday Aimee (@Everyday Aimee)1536759566.0
Amy spoke for all of us:
@EverydayAims Sorry what— Amy (@Amy)1536760597.0
@callmeamye Yep. 4 bumps are female and better raw and 3 bumps are male and better cooked.— Everyday Aimee (@Everyday Aimee)1536760685.0
Do you prefer to eat male or female peppers?
@EverydayAims Ok I did not know that and that is going to change my pepper eating habits forever 😂— Amy (@Amy)1536760737.0
@callmeamye Dont gender discriminate your peppers now!— Everyday Aimee (@Everyday Aimee)1536760894.0
As is almost always the case when the internet began having too much fun, a team of scientists arrived on the scene to quell any irresponsible rumors.
So this claim about peppers has gone viral. ⬇️ However as a botanist I can tell you it is also not true. Neither… https://t.co/OtEaLydrBE— James Wong (@James Wong)1536910072.0
Snopes confirms that the idea of male and female peppers is a load of hogwash.
Although it *is* true that green peppers are just unripe regular ones, yellow, orange and red peppers are all genet… https://t.co/4fgsrNIykv— James Wong (@James Wong)1536910076.0
The internet is also perpetuating the weird ass idea that peppers come in ‘male’ and ‘female’ forms. That would me… https://t.co/jj0XDZ6PlP— James Wong (@James Wong)1536910081.0
And as for the colors...
One thing you might not know though is that peppers and many chillies are indeed the SAME species. Peppers just ha… https://t.co/E1Xk7FgY8l— James Wong (@James Wong)1536910086.0
What a roller coaster! Pepper-fans found out we were living a lie, only to find out that lie was a truth the whole time! In summary:
@Gargarin @Botanygeek @CoquusGrumio They will ripen to red, yellow *or* orange. Each of the other colours is a vari… https://t.co/LMgRsAo827— Toby Irving (@Toby Irving)1536914004.0