April 27, 2015—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Darlings of the foodie intelligentsia (apparently such a thing does exist), Shishito Peppers are new to Trader Joe's. This variety of pepper, so-named because the tip of the pepper - togarashi in Japanese translation - resembles the head of a lion - shishi - is grown for us in California and Mexico, where the dry climate and warm temperatures allow our grower to cultivate this pepper all year long. Trader Joe's Shishito Peppers are small-ish (about 3" long) green chiles that tend toward the sweet, mild side. However, they come with a little caveat. About one in every 10 Shishito Peppers is actually quite hot, and you never really know which one it's going to be. If you're afraid of spicy food, steer clear of the Shishitos. If you're a fan of the spicy, though, dive right in; take a chance. You'll be met with sweet and mellow flavor most of the time, and a spicy reward about 10% of the time.
Our favorite way to enjoy Shishito Peppers is on the grill. Brush them with olive oil and place them directly on the grill. Turn them over and over again for 5-7 minutes, until they char and blister. Take them off the fire, toss with a bit more olive oil, a shake of salt, and, holding by the stem, eat the whole pepper. A note of caution: poke a little hole in each pepper before cooking. This will allow steam to escape and ensure that your Shishitos don't burst.
We're selling each six ounce bag of Shishito Peppers for $2.29*, every day. You'll find them in our fresh produce section.
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Shishito Peppers are $1.99 in our West Coast and Texas stores, and $2.29 in our East Coast, Midwest and South East stores.