Flavor of the Week

Flavor of the Week: Shishito pepper shines alone and as a supporting player

The Japanese ingredient appears in appetizers and cocktails

The shishito is a pepper that hails from Japan and is generally pretty mild, although generally one or two shishitos on a plate of roasted ones is quite spicy, resulting in a sort of low-stakes Russian roulette. The ingredient is making strides, both as a standalone appetizer and as a support ingredient, usually paired with other vegetables. Asian consumers are most aware of this trending pepper, which has risen in usage on menus in the United States by 159% over the past four years.

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