Shishito Pepper

Organic Shishito Pepper Seeds

Unforgettably perfect gourmet Japanese appetizer pepper.

Capsicum annuum
Fry or roast to blister, and salt for the perfect savory snack.
Art Pack, 25 seeds
Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC
$3.95

Currently unavailable. We hope to have this item available for order again by December 1st, 2018

Detailed Product Info

Blistered Shishitos are the pinnacle of appetizers. Flash-fried in a pan and served with dipping sauce, they are now a popular starter on tables across America. But their roots are in Japan, where they were popular long before reaching Western plates and palates. the name "Shishito" means "Lion Pepper." Fiercely flavored with a stable temperament, Shishitos are indeed lion-like. Even the plants look a bit feline, with their heavy harvests of green peppers hanging shaggy and full like giant manes.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 60 days from transplant
Planting Depth 1/4"
Spacing in Row 18"
Spacing Between Rows 24"
Height at Maturity 24 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Growing Instructions

Start indoors in a very warm spot (80 degrees is ideal) 4-6 weeks before last frost. Keep seedlings in a well-ventilated place at 70+ degrees and do not over water. Transplant outdoors in full sun into moderately rich, well-drained soil a couple of weeks after threat of frost has passed. Stake plants to keep them upright, and harvest the abundance of wrinkled, green peppers frequently to keep the plant productive.

About the Art and Artist
Artwork by Lori Larusso. In this work, an acrylic painting on shaped aluminum, Lori Larusso brings to life a subtle, amiable lion face within a platter of fried Shishitos. She has completed a series of works constructing animals out of non-animal ingredients. Lori currently lives in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and is Assistant Professor at the Kentucky College of Art & Design (KyCAD) at Spalding University. Her work is represented by Skidmore Contemporary in Santa Monica, California.