I've seen claimed that whether a pepper has 3 lobes or bumps at the bottom or 4 can indicate whether that bell pepper is "sweeter, and better for eating, or firmer, and better for cooking". I've seen this repeated a couple of times on Facebook, as well as on a couple of different cooking blogs.
I've also seen the claim that the number of lobes indicates the gender of the pepper, and that male peppers have 3 bumps, and are seedless. The claim was repeated on July 5, 2013 on the Foodies TV Facebook Page which has 500,000 likes.
Is there any truth to this claim? Does the number of lobes provide a clear indication of flavor, firmness, gender, or number of seeds inside?