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Shishito Japanese Pepper Seeds

Shishito Japanese Pepper Seeds

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This little beauty is very popular in Japan and is becoming quite the popular pepper in the U.S. Shishito Peppers, also known as the Lion pepper, or referred to as the "Wrinkled Old Man" pepper, this variety has a unique appearance and many uses to give your food a mild flavor!

Shishito pepper plants are compact, reaching 2 ft. tall, perfect for container growing. This is a prolific plant that spreads out long and is an early producer of many 3-4" long pods. Hence their nickname, these peppers have very wrinkly skin, thin walls, and an elongated shape. Shishitos will mature from green to red, with a sweeter taste when it ripens to red.

You can expect mild heat with these peppers, but watch out! Shishitos have a Russian Roulette tendency where only one out of every 10-20 peppers will shockingly surprise you with incredible heat! Their flavors are sweet, citrusy, and slightly smoky when enhanced by grilling or sautéing. For a delicious treat, sauté these in olive oil until they begin to blister, sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! The Shishito chile is the pinnacle of appetizers and is often a popular starter in restaurants.

  • Species: Capsicum Annuum
  • Heat Level: 50-200 SHUs
  • Type: Mild
  • Flavor: Citrusy, Smoky
  • Origin: Japan
  • Pod Size: 3-4"
  • Plant Height: 2 ft.
  • Days to Harvest: 60+ Days

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  • Heat Level:
  • Plant size: 2 ft.
  • Pod size: 3-4"
  • Origin: Japan
  • Species: Annuum
  • SHU: 50-200

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Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Roger Nation

Shishito Japanese Pepper Seeds

Elisabeth Lauber

Seeds sprouted as expected, very excited to see the yummy peppers. They are growing wonderfully!

Lourdes Tolentino

Just planted the seeds. They looked fresh. Right now it’s a matter of waiting.