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Shishito Pepper


Sweet Pepper

Bottle Hollow Farm

Sweet {no heat}*

*the occasional Shishito pepper can be hot

-by Mark Murphy, Bottle Hollow Farm

This pepper from East Asia has a tasty, complex flavor that has made it a hit with gourmet chefs. Shishito peppers are usually sweet. Some strains of Shishito can yield an occasional "surprise" hot pepper, but the Shishitos we grow are consistently mild.

From its origins in Japan, Shishito means "with a lion";
a reference to the face imagined in the crinkled tip of
the pepper.
Shishitos can turn to a vibrant red color, but are traditionally picked and used when green.

The delicious, thin-walled peppers are very versatile. Try them fresh on sandwiches, in salads, cole slaw and more. In Japanese cuisine, the peppers are often blistered on the grill or stir-fried. {See the appetizer recipe below.}

Shishito Peppers
with Ginger Soy Sauce

about 1/2 pound ... Shishito peppers
2 Tablespoons ... Soy Sauce

2 teaspoons ... Honey
1/2 teaspoon ... Sesame Oil

juice of 1/2 Lime
1/2 teaspoon ... fresh Ginger (zested)
2 Tablespoons ... Panko breadcrumbs


Saute' the Shishito peppers over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Whisk the other ingredients (except the breadcrumbs) together in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over the peppers. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the sauce begins to thicken to a glaze. Reduce heat as needed to avoid scorching the sauce.

The breadcrumbs are optional. Toast those in another skillet and sprinkle on top of the Shishitos immediately before serving. Also, sprinkle with salt. 

2019 update: Shishito Popularity Grows

Beginning last year, Bottle Hollow Farm was the first grower to offer Shishito peppers at local farmers markets in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. At that time, it was a curiosity to many visitors at our booth, as most folks were not familiar with this Japanese heirloom. 

Since that time, Shishito peppers have been on more television cooking shows, seen in magazines, and added to restaurant menus. Locally, we hope we've played at least a small role in boosting Shishitos, as we've introduced many customers to this tasty pepper.

Within a relatively short time, we've noticed a big change in the popularity of this pepper. Now, lots of folks make a bee-line for the Shishitos as soon as they see the sign in our booth. And, when we offered plants early in the season, Shishito was the first pepper variety to sell out.
What a difference a year can make!