Shishito pepper is a sweet, heirloom variety of pepper native to East Asian countries, especially in Japan and Korea. The name is a portmanteau of the Japanese words “shishi,” which means “lion,” and “togarashi,” which translates to “chili pepper,” referring to the tip of the pepper that looks like a lion’s head. This pepper is also called shishito in the United States. However, it is often confused with Pimiento de Padrón, a pepper that also has a similar appearance.
Meanwhile, it is called “kkwari-gochu” in Korea, which translates to “ground cherry pepper.” The name refers to the pepper’s wrinkled surface that resembles ground cherries.
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade)
Genus: Capsicum (Pepper)
Species: Capsicum Annuum
Binomial Name: Capsicum Annuum ‘Shishito’