Compact, bushy plants produce an abundance of 3.5-4"" wrinkled fruits over an extended period. When eaten in the green stage, as is traditional in Japan, peppers are incredibly crunchy with just a hint of heat. When red, the fruits are sweet and slightly hotter but not as crunchy. Perfect for frying, this Japanese heirloom’s fruits are usually mild, but an occasional pepper (about one in 10) is hot. Kitazawa Seed Company played an instrumental role in introducing ‘Shishito’ to the United States seed trade; Seed Savers Exchange acquired the variety in the 1980s from the Urban Farmerseed company of Convent Station, N.J.
- 80 days from transplant
- Japanese heirloom is highly productive
- Fruits grow to 3.5 to 4 inches
- Very crunchy when green, slightly hotter when ripe
- Sweet with occasional hot pepper
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm.
- Start Indoors: 8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 14 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 12-24” Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
My favorite pepper
Very flavorful, very productive pepper!
Easy to grow and great producer
This was my 2021 success story - started indoors, transplanted to both the ground and also into containers with similar results. Sweet bell pepper flavor when green. Excellent in stir fry, on pizza or tacos. Have had peppers to eat from July to now in mid October in Ohio. Definitely will grow them again next season.