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7 October 2013

Scoville Heat Units: 100,000 – 300,000 SHU

The Datil pepper packs the intense heat of a Habanero or a Scotch Bonnet, but its flavor is sweeter, and more fruity. It grows to about 3 inches long, and turns yellow-orange when mature.

The majority of Datils come from St. Augustine, FL, where they are grown commercially, but they can be grown almost anywhere indoors with seeds from vendors.

Many companies make all types of hot sauces, which can be found at some specialty stores or online.

Two different stories exist about the arrival of the Datil in St. Augustine. Some say that people brought the pepper from Minorca, a Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain, in the 18th century.

Others say a jelly maker from Chile brought it to Florida around 1880. Either way, the Datil is so popular in St. Augustine and its local cuisine, that they hold an annual Datil Pepper Festival each October.

Datil Peppers

Try my Datil Pepper Sauce Recipe.


  1. Hi Mike! Love your site…I own a gourmet foods company in Georgia and I make a Datil Peach Marmalade. I am updating my website currently and need a picture for the recipes page for the Datil Peach Marmalade. Would you grant me permission to use your picture of bunch of peppers? It will go on my website listing for Datil Peach recipes….let me know. Thank you! You should add our product to your “shop” listing….it’s a tasty treat with cheeses or over grilled meats and fish – with a heated finish.

    REPLY: Sure thing, Jennifer. Go for it, and thanks. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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