Are bell pepper seeds poisonous?

Ok, I know I sound really strange asking this... but are bell pepper seeds poisonous? My mum has always told me that the seeds inside a red/yellow/green pepper are poisonous, so she makes me take them all out. I really don't think they are, and my Granny (her mum) says that too, and she's a bit strange, so if it's been passed on I really doubt it's true. I have told her that I will eat one to prove her wrong, or leave one in the salad to see if anyone dies!! Please tell me it's not true, just so I can laugh at my mum!! Thanks 🙂

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  • No the seeds are not poisonous. They are, however, very bitter (as is the pith). But, apart from being bitter, they are not poisonous.

    I am sure everyone has eaten a stray seed or two in food and we are all here to tell the tale, no ill effects. Also, if they were badly poisonous, there would at least be a warning on packs of peppers (or they would be removed before sale). Or they would not sell peppers as a fruit full stop!

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    Are bell pepper seeds poisonous?

    Ok, I know I sound really strange asking this... but are bell pepper seeds poisonous? My mum has always told me that the seeds inside a red/yellow/green pepper are poisonous, so she makes me take them all out. I really don't think they are, and my Granny (her mum) says that too, and she's a...

  • Don't laugh at your Mum it's rude love. That said these seeds are safe to eat & i eat them every time i have a bell pepper. Misinformation get passed down that's all so please be kind to your Mum on this one. Like you i had wondered if eating these seeds were safe & had always binned them then i did a Google search a number of years back & read they were safe to eat & have eaten them ever since

  • I have never heard that. I have eaten lots in my lifetime. If the seeds were poisonous, shops would not be allowed to sell them and people would be dying all over the place.

  • We give the seeds to our gerbil and she loves them! Glad to hear they are ok for people too!

  • Nope they're not dangerous. I always leave them in and add the to the dish I'm making to add texture.

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