Noticed those twisty, thin green peppers popping up at the farmer’s market? Abby and Ben from Langwater Farm in Easton, Massachusetts tell us all about shishitos in the video above. 

What are shishito peppers?
Shishitos are small, mild peppers from Japan. Their flavor is sweet and slightly smokey, not spicy—but careful! One in ten shishito peppers will be hot.

How do I cook shishito peppers?
The simplest preparation might just be the best: blister the shishito peppers on the grill (or roast in the oven with olive oil) and sprinkle with salt. This will unlock their full flavor and hints of smokiness. 

In restaurants, shishitos are often served whole as a bar snack, stuffed with cheese, or with flavors from the Asian Diet like sesame, soy sauce, and yuzu. The entire pepper is edible, seeds and all. 

Where can I buy shishito peppers?
You may be able to find shishito peppers year-round in supermarkets and Asian grocery stores. They often pop up at farmer’s markets during their growing season in summer through early fall.

Looking for more information like this? Discover dozens of delicious ways to prepare your produce with our 12 Ways to Use Vegetables cookbook. 

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