Mellow Star Shishito Pepper
Mellow Star Shishito Pepper

Shishito Sweet Pepper

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 3 to 4 inches long
  • Matures: 60 days for green fruits, 80 days for red
  • Plant spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size: 24 to 30 inches tall

Grow the pepper that’s long been prized by restaurants and is a favorite among chefs. Shishito is a Japanese sweet pepper that produces handfuls of finger-long fruits. Usually used when green (though also fine to eat when red), the peppers are thin-walled, making them ideal for tempura and stir fries. On this side of the Pacific, it’s wildly popular as an appetizer—tossed with oil, then char-grilled or pan-seared to a blackened, blistered state and salted. Plants are compact and perfect for containers. Use one plant per 18-inch pot.

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