The shishito pepper is a small, sweet Japanese pepper (about the size of a finger) with loads of flavor, but not a lot of heat.. Usually harvested when green, the shishito peppper is thin-skinned, which allows the skin to blister and char quickly and easily.
While generally very mild & sweet, every so often you'll encounter a rather spicy shishito pepper! (This just makes things more interesting.)
Puncture each pepper before cooking to vent rapidly expanding hot air that could cause the cooking pepper to burst. Shishito peppers are often pan-fried in oil to be eaten as an appetizer or served with drinks. They're also wonderful when skewered and grilled on the barbecue.
Product of the USA