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Old 01-22-2007, 05:36 PM
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What the Hell is growing in my Green Pepper? Looks like the Devil! (pics)

Starting dinner this evening I sliced into a green pepper and this ghastly creature of some sort peered out at me...

What the heck is this and this? I have never seen anything like it. Almost like a pepper within a pepper... I do live near a Nuclear Power Plant but jeez I'm 20 miles away...
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:40 PM
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As someone who cuts open more green peppers then most people, I can tell you it's more common then you realize. Maybe 1 in 50.

Hope you're not pro-pepper-life.
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:41 PM
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My mom does a lot cooking with bell peppers, so I asked her. She doesn't know what they are (she's always thought they were little peppers), but they don't seem to affect the actual pepper. She doesn't use the "little peppers" though.
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:41 PM
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Wow, I must get old and nasty peppers, because I see it in more like 1 out of 5 peppers!
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:59 PM
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It's not much, however:
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The development of growths within the pepper usually appear early in the cropping cycle, generally on the first fruit set (Portree 1996). This results from abnormal tissue development in the honey gland of the fruit (Portree 1996).
A honey gland is the part of the flower which secretes nectar, a nectary.
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:22 PM
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I see these things all the time, and use them along with the rest. They taste the same as the rest of the pepper, and haven't killed me yet.
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:25 PM
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Yeah, I think of them less like fetuses and more like little absorbed twins, the kind people have sometimes that have teeth and hair. Happy cooking!

Seriously, see them plenty. Usually in the red ones, though.
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:44 PM
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Yeah, I think of them less like fetuses and more like little absorbed twins, the kind people have sometimes that have teeth and hair. Happy cooking!

Seriously, see them plenty. Usually in the red ones, though.
Where the hell is that puke smilie when you need one.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:04 PM
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I see these a lot (I love peppers) and always use them. I find them sweeter that the rest of the pepper (I suppose since it comes from the honey gland as Squink pointed out).
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:07 PM
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Also the seeds may sprout inside the fruit.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:21 PM
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I see them a lot while cooking, and usually pop them into my mouth.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:51 PM
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Yeah, I think of them less like fetuses and more like little absorbed twins, the kind people have sometimes that have teeth and hair. Happy cooking!

Seriously, see them plenty. Usually in the red ones, though.
I think you're thinking of teratomas. They result from pluri/totipotent cells that basically go out of control and start producing structures including teeth and hair. Very gross.
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:02 AM
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I think you're thinking of teratomas. They result from pluri/totipotent cells that basically go out of control and start producing structures including teeth and hair. Very gross.
I thought ovarian cysts could do that too?
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:24 AM
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I thought ovarian cysts could do that too?
Yep, dermoid cysts:

"Dermoid cysts. The cells in the ovary are able to make hair, teeth, and other growing tissues that become part of a forming ovarian cyst. These cysts can become large and cause pain."
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Old 01-23-2007, 11:37 AM
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What the hell are you eating these vile weeds for anyway? They're just doing what evil does best... creating more evil-y looking evil.


yuk.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:04 PM
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Yep, dermoid cysts:

"Dermoid cysts. The cells in the ovary are able to make hair, teeth, and other growing tissues that become part of a forming ovarian cyst. These cysts can become large and cause pain."
That is so awesome. If I ever got one I'd ask for it back and keep it in a jar.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:06 PM
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On second thought, forget the jar! I'll put a collar on it and sometimes I'll take it out for a walk on a leash, or maybe in a pram. If anybody says anything about it I'll get terribly offended and never speak to them again.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:09 PM
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It's a pepper sprout. It's sweet, crunchy and delicious.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:34 PM
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If you have paid a price a-piece for your peppers, congratulations on having gotten more of your money's worth.

I get these all the time. I cut them up with the rest, or I snack on them. Yum !
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Old 01-23-2007, 07:06 PM
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Wow, I'll have to tell Mom about this...I really didn't know those things are edible.
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