Datil Hot Pepper:
St. Augustine Florida has been the main purveyor of Datil peppers for well over a century. The crops are grown in small batches by local families. It is believed that the pepper ended up in St. Augustine by indentured workers from Minorca Spain in the late 1800's, yet the pepper is not native to central Florida or Spain. Families of these first Minorcan settlers still grow the hot peppers and every year there is a Datil pepper festival. The local culture breathes and sweats this adopted chili. The pepper is prized for hot sauces, BBQ marinades, powdered dusts and spicy salsas.
I've recently seen many comments in some of the Datil pepper reviews about how these don't grow well north of Jacksonville FL. I guess the plants didn't get that memo because they grew like weeds here in zone 5b. The plants were super healthy, bushy, 30+ inches tall, 2 feet wide and were absolutely loaded with 2.5" - 3" pods. However, I was beginning to wonder if they were ever going to get ripe because the pods were not getting any bigger and just stayed green for weeks. Be patient, you are going to have more beautiful yellow/orange fruit then you will know what to do with (80-90 days after transplant) The consensus on taste is that they are about the same heat as a typical habanero but are much sweeter. They are up to 300,000 on the Scoville scale which means 50-60 times hotter than a jalapeno.
The seeds will need to be started 6-8 weeks before your expected last frost.
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