Hayden's Scissor Kicker

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Hayden's Scissor Kicker


Gerry Hayden was a friend of ours and one of the most passionate and talented chefs who really put his money where his mouth was when it comes to supporting small farms.  He was also diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and sadly passed away from the disease in 2015. 

Whenever I teased him about keeping the more rare varieties for myself; he always said he’ll scissor kick me. And there you have it.

Scissor kicker is a hot habanero type crossed with a smaller aj dulce. Of course, the mildness of the aji dulce gets cancelled out with the heat. It’s a pretty spicy piece of work; like Gerry himself. Nice for drying and grinding or fresh.

*100% of the profits go toward A Love Shared; which Gerry founded to raise money for ALS.

Grown at Invincible Summer Farms, Southold, NY

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Packet plants 15 ft row (30 seeds)

4-6 week plants are set into the garden in May after the soil warms.  Peppers are a tropical crop and needs warmth.   A dozen plants will produce plenty of fruit from mid July until frost if the soil is rich and the irrigation is provided when the ground is dry.  Plants are usually spaced 1-2 ft apart.

Start seed indoors in a flat or pots.  Seeds are planted an inch apart. The seed needs 70°F temperature to germinate. Once germinated, seedlings need plenty of direct sunlight.  A windowsill with a south exposure is good,  a greenhouse is better.  Make sure that seedlings do not become leggy and weak which happens if there is too little light.  Try setting them outside for a few hours a day when temperatures are above 50°F if you experience this problem.

For saving seed, at the end of the summer allow the fruit to develop to full size and then over ripen. Usually there is a change in color from green to red, orange or yellow.  The nice thing about saving pepper seed is that you remove the central placenta or core and you eat the pepper.   Wash the seed from the core and dry on newspaper, a screen or in a strainer for a few days.  Use caution when processing hot peppers for seed since you may transfer the capsicum from your fingers to your eyes.