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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Shishito Sweet Pepper is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tasting pepper If you see them in any store, grab them and run. They are amazing. Easy to grow and delicious.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite pepper I bought one plant late spring last year. I live in zone 9 (Tampa Bay FL area). The plant did amazing! I got so many peppers from it. Pests didn't seem to be interested in it which was awesome. I had never cooked/eaten these before and were blown away how much I enjoyed them. I just bought five new ones three weeks ago for my garden. Love these!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific, delicious, easy to grow I purchased three Bonnie Shishito pepper plants at Lowes this spring. I planted them toward the end of May (I'm in zone 4) and today, I picked an entire basket full! From those three plants, I got enough for my family and to give to friends. Grilled up with some sea salt, the peppers were delicious! They are still covered with flowers and buds, so I expect to keep getting peppers until the frost. I had no trouble at all with insects, disease and the plants have remained attractive and robust.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had to give this a try After watching a BBQ cooking show on PBS (where they grilled Shisito peppers), I knew I had to try these. Finally found the plants in my local Lowes store. I only bought one plant, and it produced abundantly all summer. Delicious cooked in my cast iron skillet in a little oil and sea salt. Buying more plants this summer. Garden pests didn't bother these plants either. Winner!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My wife and I tried these at a restaurant and they were fantastic. I was excited when I found them from Bonnie. I put one plant in a container and it is the biggest, bushiest, fastest producing pepper plant I have ever grown.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are fantastic! Easy to grow; large yield; delicious flavor! Hope I can find them again this year.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I tried one of these plants in a container this past summer and it produced a very large yield. None of my other pepper plants where as productive as the Shishito.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got 6 plants and pruned 5 of them early to make them bushier. Huge mistake as they produced tiny peppers and the plant turned yellow. The plant I left alone has given over 100 peppers easily. Great taste and volume if you let nature take its course.
Date published: 2015-09-16
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