Pepper Seeds - Shishito
- Seed Count: 25 Seeds
- Maturity: Harvest when green or allow maturing to red
- Plant Height: 2-3 Feet Tall
- Pepper Size: 2-3 Inches Long
- Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.0
- Temperature Range: 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit
- Frost Sensitivity: Requires protection from frost
- Unique Trait: Approximately 1 in 10-20 peppers will be spicy
History: Shishito peppers are deeply ingrained in Japanese cuisine and culture, known for their mild flavor and versatility in various dishes. This variety of sweet pepper has been cultivated for generations in Japan, and its popularity has spread to other parts of the world, particularly for its use in culinary creations. The name 'Shishito' itself is derived from the Japanese language, and these peppers are celebrated for their distinct characteristics.
Uses: Shishito peppers are celebrated for their culinary versatility. They are most commonly served blistered and slightly charred, offering a delicious balance of sweet and smoky flavors. These peppers are a popular snack or side dish and can be easily incorporated into stir-fries, soups, and stews. Their mild, sweet flavor makes them an excellent choice for a variety of recipes, adding depth and interest to any dish they are added to.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: To grow Shishito peppers, start the seeds indoors a few weeks before the last expected frost date. These plants thrive in well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 and prefer consistent moisture. They are best transplanted to a sunny location in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Shishito peppers grow to a height of 2-3 feet and bear fruit throughout the summer and into the fall. They are ready for harvest when still green, though they can also be left on the plant to mature to a red color. The plants prefer temperatures between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit but are sensitive to frost and require protection from cold temperatures. This variety of pepper is generally easy to grow, making it a great choice for home gardeners looking to diversify their pepper harvest.