St. Augustine has a hot little secret, The Datil Pepper. No one there talks much about the peppers, but if you get a chance to peek into the backyards of some of the city's oldest family homes you'll see them growing. And when you dine in one of St. Augustine's many restaurants, you're apt to find bottles of datil pepper sauce on most of the tables.St. Augustine has a hot little secret, The Datil Pepper. No one there talks much about the peppers, but if you get a chance to peek into the backyards of some of the city's oldest family homes you'll see them growing. And when you dine in one of St. Augustine's many restaurants, you're apt to find bottles of datil pepper sauce on most of the tables.
The Datil Pepper is orange/yellowin color and has a pungent distinct flavor that has a taste of its own, rating 300,000 on the scoville scale.
Spanish Datil pepper seeds were brought to St. Augustine by the Minorcans in 1777. Since this time, the pepper has been a prominent ingredient in Minorcan recipes including homemade sausage and pilau, which is meat, seafood, chicken or vegetables cooked with rice. If you've ever had Minorcan clam chowder, you already know about the great flavor enhancer the Datil peppercan be.
How exactly it got there is a combination of fact and fiction. One thing is certain, when a group of indentured workers originally from the island of Minorca arrived in St. Augustine in 1777 from an abandoned settlement in New Smyrna, Florida, they brought the pepper with them. Some say they carried the seeds all the way from Spain. Experts believe that's unlikely and suspect that the Minorcans probably discovered this little green or yellow (when fully ripe) pepper during a stop over in Cuba. A Caribbean connection is likely for two reasons: the proximity to Florida and the fact that datils are a variety of the species Capsicum chinense, the same species as other Caribbean chiles such as the habanero and Scotch bonnets. Datil means "date" in Spanish, but the reason for that particular name is lost in obscurity, especially considering the fact that the pod is not shaped like a date. It is possible that the aroma of the freshly cut pod resembles that of a date.
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