Shishito and Padron peppers

shishito peppers

Today I got some more holes ready for the Shishito peppers and a new variety for me called Padron peppers. Most are not hot but an occasional one might have a little heat. I don’t grow the famous green or red chili pepper famous in New Mexico in my garden as I’d have to plant my whole garden with chili peppers so I buy them from the Hatch chili farmers since I buy them by the bushel! The Shishito pepper is from Japan and is green and about 2-3 inches long and kind of skinny. I found it at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market 2 years ago where it was $10/lb and thought I’d better grow my own at that price. The Padron pepper is from Spain and is also green and a little blockier in shape and used in Tapas. I like to sautee them in a good olive oil and sprinkle rock salt over them and serve them as an horderves.