Here’s where Evan Kleiman recommends you visit for DineLA 2014.
My answer, though not scientifically informed is what I do based on trial and error over many strawberry seasons and much crying over moldy fresh market berries. First of all I’ve learned not to buy more than I can eat or preserve within 3 days. Better to gorge one day then “save” them only to discover they’ve molded three days later.
In short, no! When I saw your question I immediately emailed David Karp. He is a pomologist with UC Riverside and writes the Market Watch column for the LA Times. He explained, “The supposition that there are male and female peppers is a common canard, but untrue. Peppers grow from flowers that have both male and female parts. The fruits do not have a gender.”