Shishito Pepper Seed

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A favorite of Asian chefs. A compact variety that produces 3-5” lime-green, slightly wrinkled fruit — ideal for tempura, stir-fries and other traditional Asian recipes. Roasted/blackened shishitos are one of this year’s hottest food trends! This is a glossy, thin-walled sweet pepper, usually used green because of its herbaceous, clean taste. Plant leaves may wilt in very hot sun; take care not to mistake this for thirstiness and overwater the plant.
Days to germinate: 7-10 days. A heat mat and bright light greatly assist germination. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to maturity: 60 for green peppers; 80 for red peppers
  • Start indoors 8-12 weeks before last frost. Sow ¼” deep in sterile planting medium
  • Transplant spacing: 18-24”
  • Sow outdoors: Not recommended unless the soil warms early in your area.
  • Produce size: 3-5”
  • Yield: Up to 2 lbs. of peppers per plant
  • Mature plant height: 24-30”
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes.
  • Year of discovery: Unknown: originated in Japan

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