An important lesson in introducing your child to solid food is to not give up after an unsuccessful food. I had to give bell peppers another chance, after our less-than-successful first attempt. I'm glad I did, because it was a hit.
This time I briefly steamed the pepper. It was still 'al dente', but softer than raw. Buttercup managed to get all the fruit off the peel in about a minute. She cleverly devised a strategy whereby she grabbed one end of the peel and pulled it through her gums, similarly to how one would floss (not that she would know). The problem-solving skills of this kid never cease to amaze me!
If your child has a problem with peels, watch out with this one because apparently bell pepper peels are indestructible. Buttercup did just fine and managed to remove the peel by herself. If you're worried about the peel, you can easily remove it after it has been steamed.
PROS: still high in vitamin C
CONS: watch out for the peel