Vegetable Literacy & Shishito Peppers

I had a belated mothers day well wishing call with my mom yesterday.  We missed each other on Sunday.  She really enjoyed one of the gifts that I sent to her….which was a copy of Deborah Madison’s new cookbook Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom.  I have a copy for myself and love how it was organized (by plant kingdom) so I shared.

vegetable literacy

My mom particularly mentioned how excited she was to see recipes for shishito peppers in the book.  Have you heard of them?  Seems that these tasty pepper treats are quite trendy in Denver.  I also saw a story about their popularity the restaurants of Dallas.  But they haven’t made their way east to DC (where my mom searched for them when she last visited my sister) and they certainly are still unheard of here in the New England culinary hinterlands.  Mom found some starts at Tigawa Gardens last year but hasn’t had any luck this year.  (if you have seen them in the Colorado Springs or Denver Metro area let us know — she is on the prowl)

blistered shisito peppers from spoon fork bacon

Regional scarcity and promised tastiness is just the impetus I need for planting something new! Seeds can be found at Kitazawa seed Company if you care to join in the experiment.  There is still time if you act quickly to get these going for this year.

My mom says that these sweet peppers are perfect when grilled and tossed with a little salt and oil just like this recipe at Spoon Fork Bacon.  Sounds perfect after a long day in the dirt…washed down with a cold beer.

image Spoon Fork Bacon

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Amy Pallenberg on May 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Egyptian Walking Onions & Shisito Peppers, delicious! Here on Nantucket, The Pearl Restaurant, Boarding House, & Corazon del Mar( all owned by one couple) have been rocking the peppers on there menu for years exactly like your mom prepares them. It motivated me to grow them in my garden and of course I grew way more than my house could ever used… it was good I knew a place that could use them.

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