Capsicum annuum

Fry or roast to blister, and salt for the perfect savory snack.


Blistered Shishitos are the pinnacle of appetizers. Flash-fried in a pan and served with dipping sauce, they are now a popular starter on tables across America. But their roots are in Japan, where they were popular long before reaching Western plates and palates. the name "Shishito" means "Lion Pepper." Fiercely flavored with a stable temperament, Shishitos are indeed lion-like. Even the plants look a bit feline, with their heavy harvests of green peppers hanging shaggy and full like giant manes.


Art Pack, 200 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Orgnaic by NOFA-NY LLC

Shishito Pepper | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds

  • Days to Germination 7 - 14 days
    Days to Maturity 60 days from transplant
    Planting Depth 1/2"
    Spacing in Row 18"
    Spacing Between Rows 24"
    Height at Maturity 24 inches
    Width at Maturity 24 inches


    Start indoors in a very warm spot (80 degrees is ideal) 4-6 weeks before last frost. Keep seedlings in a well-ventilated place at 70+ degrees and do not over water. Transplant outdoors in full sun into moderately rich, well-drained soil a couple of weeks after threat of frost has passed. Stake plants to keep them upright, and harvest the abundance of wrinkled, green peppers frequently to keep the plant productive.

  • Artwork by Lori Larusso. In this work, an acrylic painting on shaped aluminum, Lori Larusso brings to life a subtle, amiable lion face within a platter of fried Shishitos. She has completed a series of works constructing animals out of non-animal ingredients. Lori currently lives in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and is Assistant Professor at the Kentucky College of Art & Design (KyCAD) at Spalding University. Her work is represented by Skidmore Contemporary in Santa Monica, California.


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