Red Shishito Peppers
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Red shishito peppers are similar in shape and size with curved and grooved furrows along their skin. The peppers are hollow with a seed cavity descending from the stem end of the plant. The average length is roughly three to four inches, a sign of age compared to the more petite young green shishitos. Red shishitos are crisp, fire-engine red in color and their flavor savory, piquant and peppery. As the pepper matures, the flavor can change and often times become more spicy. There is no definitive way to distinguish a spicier pepper from a mild one except for actually tasting the pepper.
Red shishito peppers are in season from late summer through November.
Red shishito peppers are simply a mature shishito pepper. Shishito peppers are classified as a sweet Japanese pepper variety, though, that does not guarantee all shishitos will be sweet. Red shishito peppers, AKA Chinese Lion, are an heirloom non-hybrid variety of peppers and members of the Capsicum family. The Capsicum pepper family houses hot peppers, among them some of the hottest peppers in the world. The heat in Capsicum peppers is directly related to how much capsaicin a pepper contains. The more mature the Capsicum pepper, generally the higher capsaicin levels. Time of year, climate, soil and sun each are contributing factors to how much capsaicin any singular pepper may contain.