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Shishito pepper (獅子唐辛子 Shishitōgarashi?) is a sweet, Japanese variety of the species Capsicum annuum.


The pepper is small and thin. It turns from green to red upon ripening, however it is usually harvested while green. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper (唐辛子 tōgarashi?) looks like the head of a lion (獅子 shishi?), and in Japanese it is sometimes abbreviated as shishitō. While a spicy one exists in one out of ten, it can be determined by feeling if it has fewer seeds. It is said to have a high concentration of vitamin C.

For cooking, a hole is poked in the pepper beforehand to avoid expanding hot air from bursting the pepper. It is cooked, boiled, or fried.


Written on February 29th, 2012 , Botany, Vegetables Tags:

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