Datil pepper is an extremely hot variety of chili peppers with a Scoville rating matching to that of a regular habanero or a Scotch bonnet but it has a sweeter, more fruity-like taste. These peppers are smaller than an average chili pepper and yellowish orange in color. The pepper is sometimes confused with a chili pepper variety found in Africa known as Fatali. They have almost the same size, shape, color, and heat. The two chilies are even similar in their flavor. However, it is still a matter of investigation whether they are the same species or different in some respect.
The Scoville rating for a datil pepper has been recorded to be anywhere between 100,000 to 300,000 heat units. The pepper is quite popular in St. Augustine, Florida with many local dishes composed of this hot chili and the people of this region even celebrate a datil pepper festival each year. People usually buy commercially grown peppers available on the market but some chili lovers also like to grow them in their garden. Like other chilies, these peppers also require a moderately hot and dry weather to grow healthily. Very hot sauces are made by using this type of pepper because of its severe heat.