True or false?
The Bell Pepper Fable: Male bell peppers have three lobes and the female has four. Fact….or fiction when it comes to Capsicum annuum?
The only “relevant” resource I was able to locate that might address the answer to this question (raised by one of my Facebook friends today) was at Helium.com where the discussion of three lobes vs. four lobes is outlined in some detail. The bottom line: there’s a lot of discussion, but not necessarily a definitive answer one way or the other, after reading the article.
My own conclusion: it appears that the Fable of the Lobes may not be true, but I’d love to hear from someone well-versed in plant reproductive morphology who can shed more light on this issue.
The good news: bell peppers provide many health benefits which are outlined at WebMD.com (whether they have three lobes or four). Bell peppers are nutrient-dense, and contain high amounts of Vitamins A and C, and just one cup a day provides 100% of your daily A and C requirements. Bell peppers also provide protection against certain diseases and cancers, so go ahead - make a selection, any color, three lobes or four. A few recipes, here.