Capsicum annuum (60 days) F-1 hybrid. I was once known as The Pepper Lady and so I have my standards. Thus, when I first encountered these small thin-walled second-cousins-twice-removed of Revolution peppers, I thought “Why bother?” Fedco staffer Emily Skrobis set me straight as we judged peppers at Common Ground Fair this year. She loves this pepper type as early, easy and abundant. Takara is all that—with dozens of wrinkled thin-walled fruits borne early on compact well-branched plants. Pick when light green and less than 3" long, and blister them whole in a hot oiled skillet. Serve with flaky salt and eat everything but the stem. Most will be mild—the offsional green pepper, around 10%, will be hot. If you let them grow to full 1x3½" size, they turn red and can be dried for hot crushed red pepper. ⑤
3750 Takara Shishito
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Days to full-color maturity are from transplanting date.
Capsicum comes from the Greek kapto which means ‘bite.’
Culture: Start indoors in March or April. Minimum germination soil temperature 60°, optimal range 68-95°. Set out in June. Very tender, will not tolerate frost, dislike wind, will not set fruit in cold or extremely hot temperatures or in drought conditions. Black plastic highly recommended. Row cover improves fruit set in windy spots. Pick first green peppers when they reach full size to increase total yield significantly. Green peppers, though edible, are not ripe. Peppers ripen to red, yellow, orange, etc.
Saving Seed: Saving pepper seed is easy! Remove core of the fully ripe pepper (usually red or orange) and dry on a coffee filter. When dry, rake seeds off the core with a butter knife. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow open- pollinated varieties and separate by 30 feet. Use only the first fruits for seed; allow only 3–4 fruits per plant to grow and remove all others. Fewer fruits = larger seeds = greater seed viability. Later fruits often have germination rates of only 60%.
BLS: Bacterial Leaf Spot
CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.