This variety has been grown for about 300 years in St. Augustine Florida. Its name in Spanish means "edible date".
The tapered pods are two inches long measuring 3/4 inch at the shoulders. Fruits mature from green to yellow-orange.
While not actually a habanero, but a close relative in the Capsicum chinense species, it is similar in heat and aroma to the habanero, except that the Datil is more fruity and much sweeter.
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.
SPECIES: C. chinense
HEAT LEVEL: FIRE
FRUIT COLOR: Green > Yellow
ORIGIN: St. Augustine, FL USA
SCOVILLE HU: 100,000 - 300,000