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Datil Pepper

A favorite of the St. Augustine area. Datil peppers are present in most of our hot sauces. A datil pepper is similar in its heat index to a habanero, hitting at around 100,000 to 300,000 on the Scoville scale. Unlike Habaneros, Datil peppers are sweet, with a fruitful tangy taste.

Here's some fast facts about the Datil Pepper courtesy of Pepperscale.com:

"It looks sort of like a thinner, slightly longer version of the habanero, which makes sense since they are both from the chinense species of hot peppers. They grow to about 3.5 inches in length and mature to a yellowish-orange or red hue. It’s also very similar to the African fatalii pepper in terms of looks and heat.

In terms of taste, it’s like a sweeter version of the habanero (which is already slightly sweet). It’s more akin to the scotch bonnet in sweetness, but even that doesn’t quite do it justice. The scotch bonnet is a little more earthy sweet compared to the mellower datil.

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 100,000 – 300,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 200,000 SHU
  • Origin: United States
  • Capsicum species: Chinense
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 12 to 120 times hotter
  • Use: Culinary
  • Size: Up to 3 1/2 inches long, tapered
  • Flavor: Sweet, Fruity, Tropical