Haitian Piklis/Piklese

  • 6-10 scotch bonnet peppers, cut into rings (take precautions handling these peppers. I use a knife and fork, but disposable gloves also work.)
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • ¼ white or green cabbage, grated
  • ½ green bell pepper julienned
  • 1-1.5 pints (½ – ¾ liter) white vinegar
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 6 allspice berries


  1. In a large jar or other sealable container, combine all ingredients and stir well.
  2. Allow to steep for at least 36 hours before use, best after about a week.
  3. Enjoy with all Haitian foods, but it’s especially good cutting through the richness of griyot.
  4. Note: you can add more carrot or cabbage (and peppers) and vinegar to the piklis as you use it, so it becomes kind of a living thing, with slightly different ratios of vegetables and sometimes more or less spicy than others.Store in refrigerator.

Haiti - 2012. Shout to the homey @kingtexas for capturing this moment. We went with @earthseednyc to this modest home in the cut, to scoop up a few jars of #piklis to bring some spice to our life back to the states. Lol. 😋 This beautiful lady must have seen and been through a lot, I could only imagine.. When she smiled at me and reached for a hug I couldn’t resist.. Her energy was too real it was a moment I will never forget, we held each other for a least 5-10 seconds. I can’t believe it’s been over 2 ½ years ago, I had every intention of going back to Haiti to continue to help and experience the culture, but I got a little caught up been dealing with my own battles in NYC. This is home to me, stabilizing my business so I could provide for my family and loved ones has been a priority here in the first world. But I believe that we are all connected and some of the luxuries we take for granted daily are things that some people in Third World countries can only dream about. Haiti has been through a lot, but there are many resilient, good spirited folks with strong faith out there. We could all learn a lot from them! Thanks Tex! 🙌 💯🙌 #Haiti #2012

And Happy Monday, if you get the Chance give someone a hug today/tonight! #hugsextendlife #showlove ❤️💯🌎🙏