activity

Do different colors of the same vegetable taste different? Round up some family and friends and find out in this colorful taste test!

safety
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 15 minutes

hey curious cook—

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Prepare Ingredients

1
green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch strips
1
red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch strips

Gather Equipment

1
plate per taster
1
glass of water per taster
1
blindfold per taster
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Start by making a prediction: Do you think green and red bell peppers taste the same or different? Why do you think so?

 
2
 

Choose 1 person to give out the peppers (this is a good job for an adult). Everyone else will be tasters. Give each taster a plate, a glass of water, and a blindfold.

 
3
 
1
green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch strips
1
red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch strips

Tasters should put on their blindfolds. Place 2 strips of green bell pepper on the left side of each plate. Place 2 strips of red bell pepper on the right side of each plate.

 
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Blindfolded tasters should pick up 1 strip of pepper at a time and taste it, taking small bites and chewing slowly—but they should keep their opinions about flavors to themselves for now! They can also take sips of water between bites to give their tastebuds a break.

 
5
 

Once everyone has finished tasting both colors of pepper, ask tasters:

  • Did you think the 2 peppers tasted the same or different? How so?
  • Which did you think was the green bell pepper—the left or right pepper on your plate?
  • Which did you think was the red bell pepper—the left or right pepper on your plate?
 
6
 

Time for the big reveal! Have tasters remove their blindfolds. Tell tasters which color pepper was on each side of their plates. Were they surprised? Check out "Food for Thought" at the bottom of this page to learn why different colors of the same vegetable might taste different.