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Bell Pepper

Similar Names
Capsicum annuum var. grossum
Top Producer
China
0222 Walnuts, with shell
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$ 1.70 per kg
-6.6%
May, 2019
Jan 7
May 20
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Grades of Bell Pepper

What are the specifications of Bell Pepper? (Grades, Sizes, Colors, etc..)
General Information

[US]

- U.S. Fancy consists of mature green sweet peppers of similar varietal characteristics (except when more than one variety and/or color are marked on the container), which are firm, well shaped, and free from sunscald, freezing injury, decay affecting calyxes and/or walls, decay affecting stems, and from injury caused by scars, hail, sunburn, disease, insects, mechanical or other means. Size. The diameter of each pepper shall be not less than 3 inches and the length of each pepper shall be not less than 3-1/2 inches. Color. Any lot of peppers which meets all the requirements of this grade, except those relating to green color, may be designated as “U.S. Fancy” with the characteristic color specified in connection with this grade, provided that at least 90 percent of the peppers show any amount of the specified characteristic color, and provided further, that if the peppers fail to meet the color requirements of either “U.S. Fancy” or “U.S. Fancy (color specified),” they may, when requested, be designated as “U.S. Fancy Mixed Color”.


- U.S. No. 1 consists of mature green sweet peppers of similar varietal characteristics (except when more than one variety and/or color are marked on the container), which are firm, fairly well shaped, and free from sunscald and decay affecting calyxes and/or walls, decay affecting stems, and free from damage caused by freezing injury, hail, scars, sunburn, disease, insects, mechanical or other means. Size. Unless otherwise specified, the diameter of each pepper shall be not less than 2-1/2 inches and the length of each pepper shall be not less than 2-1/2 inches. Color. Any lot of peppers which meet all the requirements of this grade, except those relating to green color, may be designated as “U.S. No. 1” with the characteristic color specified in connection with this grade, provided that at least 90 percent of the peppers show any amount of the specified characteristic color, and provided further, that if the peppers fail to meet the color requirements of either “U.S. No. 1” or “U.S. No. 1 (color specified),” they may, when requested, be designated as “U.S. No. 1 Mixed Color”.


- U.S. No. 2 consists of mature green sweet peppers of similar varietal characteristics (except when more than one variety and/or color are marked on the container), which are firm, not seriously misshapen, and free from sunscald and decay affecting calyxes and/or walls, decay affecting stems, and free from serious damage caused by freezing injury, hail, scars, sunburn, disease, insects, mechanical or other means. Color. Any lot of peppers which meet all the requirements of this grade, except those relating to green color, may be designated as “U.S. No. 2” with the characteristic color specified in connection with this grade, provided that at least 90 percent of the peppers show any amount of the specified characteristic color, and provided further that if the peppers fail to meet the color requirements of either “U.S. No. 2” or “U.S. No. 2 (color specified),” they may, when requested, be designated as “U.S. No. 2 Mixed Color”.


[Europe]

- Sweet peppers are classified in three classes, as defined below:


- ‘Extra’ Class. Sweet peppers in this class must be of superior quality. They must be characteristic of the variety and/or

commercial type. They must be free from defects, with the exception of very slight superficial defects, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package.


- Class I. Sweet peppers in this class must be of good quality. They must be characteristic of the variety and/or commercial type. The following slight defects, however, may be allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, the quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package: a slight defect in shape, slight silvering or damage caused by thrips covering not more than 1/3 of the total surface area, slight skin defects, such as: pitting, scratching, sunburn, pressure marks covering in total not more than 2 cm for defects of elongated shape, and 1 cm2 for other defects; or dry superficial cracks covering in total not more than 1/8 of the total surface area slightly damaged peduncle.


- Class II. This class includes sweet peppers which do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes but satisfy the minimum requirements specified above. The following defects may be allowed provided the sweet peppers retain their essential characteristics as regards the quality, the keeping quality and presentation: defects in shape, silvering or damage caused by thrips covering not more than 2/3 of the total surface area, skin defects, such as: pitting, scratching, sunburn, bruising, and healed injuries covering in total not more than 4 cm in length for defects of elongated shape and 2,5 cm2 of the total area for other defects; or dry superficial cracks covering in total not more than 1/4 of the total surface area blossom end deterioration not more than 1 cm2 shrivelling not exceeding 1/3 of the surface damaged peduncle and calyx, provided the surrounding flesh remains intact. 

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