Himo Togarashi Japanese Pepper
Sold as a single plant in a 4x4 inch pot.
Garden Planting - Space 1 foot apart in rows that are 2 feet apart.
Container Planting - One plant per 6x12 inch pot or two plants per 5 gallon bucket
Himo Togarshi is a specialty green pepper that is a "Yamato dento yasai" which means “a special traditional vegetable” as a Nara perfecture traditional vegetable.
The pepper grows 4-6" long and up to .25" in diameter (less than the diameter of a pencil). Given the name “Himo” (strings in Japanese) because the chiles hang down from the plant looking like a bunch of strings. It is used in stir fry type dishes, soups, stews and salads. The stringy looking chiles can get up to 6 inches long and a quarter of an inch wide. They ripen from green to red and have no heat.
The Himo Togarashi chile is sweet and crunchy in texture when picked fresh at its green stage. When they ripen red the flavor changes little, but the sweetness does increase. The Himo Togarashi chile plants grow 2-3 feet tall and are very productive.
Culinary tips: Excellent for ohitashi, tempura, yakitori, and hot sautéed with sea salt.