Shishito Sweet Pepper (Garden Starter Plant)
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.
- 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
* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.