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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.