Question of the Day: Why are bell peppers so expensive?
Quick Answer: There are several reasons that bell peppers are some of the most expensive in the market.
- Bell peppers grow slower and take longer to ripen than most peppers. This means they require more resources to raise.
- The yield per plant for bell peppers is much lower than for other peppers. A healthy bell pepper bush may only support 6-8 peppers, and other types of chilies can yield 30-100 peppers per plant.
- Bell peppers are consistently one of the most consumed vegetables in the United States. Meaning they are a high-demand item.
Lower production, higher production costs, and high demand combine to make bell peppers expensive.