Originating in Japan, the Shishito pepper is believed to have gotten its name from its tip end which, to some, resembles the head of a lion--or in Japanese, shishi. Shishito peppers are petite and relatively mild in flavor, with one out of every ten peppers offering a random spicy kick. They have long been a popular snack food item in Japan and in recent years have become more mainstream in the United States. Their peppery taste takes on a richer flavor profile--and becomes slightly smoky--when cooked. Most commonly, they are prepared blistered in oil, finished with sea salt and served, stem on, as finger food. Once blistered, they can be chopped and utilized atop pizzas, pasta, omelets and salads, or served with dipping sauce. In Japanese cuisine, the petite Shishito peppers are often prepared yakitori-style on a skewer.
Starting their company with a single vegetable (their beloved Shishito pepper) and big dreams, Ark Foods strives to be a modern-day farming company that creates simple, fresh, and exciting food. Today, they spend their time growing imaginative vegetables on their East Coast farms and creating signature Veggie Bowls. From day one, Ark Foods has been committed to building a completely transparent supply chain. They are deeply involved in the entire process of farming and producing their food: personally researching and buying every seed, growing their own crops, and doing their own packing and distribution. If an Ark Foods label is on your food, you can trust it was produced ethically with full supply chain transparency and total quality control. With four farms along the East Coast, in North Carolina, Florida, and New Jersey, Ark Foods is committed to making fresh, high quality food as accessible to as many people as possible because they believe in fresh veggies for all.