I am looking for a vegetable with a similar taste as green bell peppers.

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The thing is, my girlfriend has a food allergy for some compound present in fresh bell peppers.
She can handle dried bell pepper powder fine. But fresh bell peppers is very bad news for her.

I am wondering what vegetable has a taste that is similar to a green bell pepper but is from a different kind of plant species.
I would like to make a recipe for her that has originally bell peppers as ingredient, but i want to replace the bell pepper with something she can digest.
Anybody know a good replacement ?
 
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Thank you for the replies.
At the moment nothing. It is just that i am making a list of recipes that i like but she cannot eat because of the bell peppers.
She is not bothered by all peppers. She can eat food with spanish peppers for example just fine.
She uses dried pepper often as ingredient (She is a fantastic cook), therefore it seems unlikely that capsaicin is the culprit.
 

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Horse nettle kinda tastes like pepper, but it's poisonous. Might be useful when things go south :^P
 
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Maybe i have something similar with tomatoes but very mild with respect to her. She gets really ill.
Me myself, a fresh tomato i cannot eat without vomiting. And this is totally unvoluntary. Since i really love tomatoes.
Small amounts of fresh slices of tomato i can handle when combined with other vegetables. But not eating a whole tomato.
But i love every recipe with tomatoes in it. And i love the taste of filtered tomatoes that are sold as packages to make for example pasta sauce with it.

Strange is it not ?
 

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Thank you for the replies.
At the moment nothing. It is just that i am making a list of recipes that i like but she cannot eat because of the bell peppers.
She is not bothered by all peppers. She can eat food with spanish peppers for example just fine.
She uses dried pepper often as ingredient (She is a fantastic cook), therefore it seems unlikely that capsaicin is the culprit.

OK, then Ugly's suggestion might work. I often find that leaving an ingredient out of a recipe doesn't change too much. Depends on the recipe of course.
 

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Have you tried red bell pepper? Rippening might make a difference.
 

lxskllr

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When you say fresh pepper is bad, do you mean raw, or any kind of fresh pepper? Perhaps cooking negates the problematic chemical.
 
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When you say fresh pepper is bad, do you mean raw, or any kind of fresh pepper? Perhaps cooking negates the problematic chemical.

That is the strange thing, she really loves fresh food and she cooks everything fresh, but bell peppers are a no no.
Perhaps it is some kind of weird molecular mimicry effect.
It is very likely that a lot of allergies or auto immune diseases started that way.
 

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I've heard of this and it is such and odd allergy, but what I've read about it is that red or yellow bell peppers don't have whatever the green bell peppers do? Have you tried those? They taste slightly sweeter (I actually like red peppers better than green).
 
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I've heard of this and it is such and odd allergy, but what I've read about it is that red or yellow bell peppers don't have whatever the green bell peppers do? Have you tried those? They taste slightly sweeter (I actually like red peppers better than green).

I asked her about 2 weeks ago if she had the same problem with all 3 colors of bell pepper(If i am not mistaken, all bell pepper start out green. I have come to understand and later on turn into the final color, depending on the breed). She does.
 

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What is it you like about green pepper? Taste? Texture? How is the green pepper used in the recipe you're trying to make and is it really important to the recipe? Context is important here.
 
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What is it you like about green pepper? Taste? Texture? How is the green pepper used in the recipe you're trying to make and is it really important to the recipe? Context is important here.

Well, i like the taste alot since it is a bit fresh but also bitter. It is great for making toast for example:
My favorite toast is fresh bread with slices of salami, slices of old cheese, thin slices of red onion and thin slices of green bell pepper. And then toasting it and after that, a 10 seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese a tiny bit and heat up the salami a bit more.
She likes similar foods, just without the bell peppers.
 

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Well, i like the taste alot since it is a bit fresh but also bitter. It is great for making toast for example:
My favorite toast is fresh bread with slices of salami, slices of old cheese, thin slices of red onion and thin slices of green bell pepper. And then toasting it and after that, a 10 seconds in the microwave to melt the cheese a tiny bit and heat up the salami a bit more.
She likes similar foods, just without the bell peppers.

...apparently I don't understand toast....

That toasted sandwich would be fine with or without bell pepper. I think you are overthinking this. Just don't feed her Bell Peppers.
 
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...apparently I don't understand toast....

That toasted sandwich would be fine with or without bell pepper. I think you are overthinking this. Just don't feed her Bell Peppers.

No it is not. The green pepper bell completes the taste.
Besides, it is an example.
It is not as if i want her only to eat the same food as me. Dear god no.
She already has introduced me to a lot of new recipes and new vegetables and new combinations in a way my tastebuds could have ever imagined.
Although it seems i have a little autism, i am always open for something i do not know. Especially when it comes to food.
With some exceptions like for example raw fish or meat, or for example shellfish and other kind of stuff i really dislike (and have tried). This i will not try. I
 

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...apparently I don't understand toast....

That toasted sandwich would be fine with or without bell pepper. I think you are overthinking this. Just don't feed her Bell Peppers.
I agree. I don't think the bell pepper is adding much to the toast at all and can be left out or substituted with other veggies like mushroom, zucchini, or even eggplant. If you want spicy taste, you could use jalapenos. If you want mild, banana pepper or poblanos pepper could be used. If you're looking for texture, you could use squash, cabbage, or broccoli stem.
 

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The thing is, my girlfriend has a food allergy for some compound present in fresh bell peppers.
She can handle dried bell pepper powder fine. But fresh bell peppers is very bad news for her.

I am wondering what vegetable has a taste that is similar to a green bell pepper but is from a different kind of plant species.
I would like to make a recipe for her that has originally bell peppers as ingredient, but i want to replace the bell pepper with something she can digest.
Anybody know a good replacement ?
have you tried sweet cubanelle peppers?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubanelle
 

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Use poblanos or something they’re better anyways.

We use poblanos in everything that we’d otherwise use bell peppers. Mix up some ground beef, rice, and spices...stuff that into hollowed out poblanos for a nice improvement on stuffed peppers.
 

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The chinense species don’t generally have the same “friuty” taste as bell peppers or members of the c. Annuum family.
 

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and whatever you do, stay away from Guatemalan insanity peppers. I heard that they are also called The Merciless Peppers of Quetzalacatenango … grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum.

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