Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and common potatoes (but not sweet potatoes or yams). Their species name is Capsicum annuum. This species name can be a bit confusing, however, since it , is used to refer not only to sweet bell peppers, but also to many different kinds of hot peppers, including cayenne peppers, chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, and others. One of the reasons that we use the name “bell peppers” on our website is to distinguish these mild and sometimes sweet-tasting vegetables from their hot pepper counterparts. In fact, in many articlesRead More →