Kitchen Botanicals

Pepper, Mellow Star Hybrid

Widely popular as a Japanese snack, Mellow Star Pepper is a shishito type of pepper that has a thin wrinkled skin, mild flavor and green in color and sometimes red. It grows 3 ½ to 4 inches long. Warm seasonal annual plant that needs to be grown in a soil that is well drained.

HOW TO GROW YOUR SEEDLING:

  • The seeds must be sowed in 20-row 8 weeks before transplanting. 
  • Germination is best when soil temperature is maintained at 80 to 90°F. 
  • Once the leaves are starting to appear, you can now transplant the seedlings. 
  • They can grow better in raised beds that are covered with mulch.

TRANSPLANTING:

You can start the transplant after all chance of frost has passed. The spaces in between the plants should be 12-18" in rows. 

PESTS AND DISEASES TO AVOID: 

Just like any other plants, mellow star pepper is also prone to diseases. We listed some pests that you may encounter while growing your plant.

  • Plant Bugs.Came from a large insect family known as Capsidae. They can cause irritation to your plants.
  • Aphids. It is a small sap sucking insect that can limit the productivity of plants and bring serious damage to them. 
  • Flea Beetles. They are commonly seen on many vegetable crops that create a hole in the leaves.

It’s okay to spray pyrethrin on the plants to control the pests. You can also put row covers on them. If not treated immediately, it can lead to serious diseases such as bacterial spot and Phytophthora. There is a so-called 4-year crop rotation that you can try out to prevent these diseases.

HARVESTING AND STORAGE:

It is best to pick the peppers when they have fully grown and reached their full size. You’ll know they’re fully ripe when they turn red, orange and yellow in color. Make sure to wash them and store at 95% relative humidity.

WAYS TO EAT YOUR GROWN PEPPERS:

You know what is the best way to eat your home-grown peppers? Pickled Pepper! You can also make your own Cayenne Pepper Sauce, or simply toss with your favorite salad and enjoy the greatness of mellow star pepper! They are best suited for some cooking applications such as sautéing and roasting. When it is cooked, its taste becomes richer and a little smoky that is good for salty foods. You just have to remember that before you cook the peppers, you should poke a small hole in them to make sure they’ll not burst because they have thin skin. You can also use them as a topping for your favorite pizza. Use different colors to make your food more colorful and pleasing to the eyes.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

A packet contains 10 seeds inside! Perfect for those who are planning to start planting their own mellow star pepper at home. Taking care of the plants properly is the best way to make sure that all seeds will grow and flower.