This is the Datil Pepper---these are known as the St. Augustine Pepper. At one time it was believed that you could only grow these in St. Augustine. My seeds are from St. Augustine and I doubt that you will find these seeds in a catalog. Datil Peppers are similar to Habanero Peppers, only they are sweeter and fruitier tasting.
Spiciness ranges from 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units. Scoville Heat Units indicate the amount of capsaicin present. Mine are very HOT!
Habanero Peppers -- Spiciness ranges from 200,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units
This is the third year the Habaneros and the Rooster Spur Peppers have returned in the same container left through the winter on my back deck.
Rooster Spur Peppers--also HOT . I could not find the heat index of these. I did come across several articles and seed sellers that are advertising these as 'new'. Has to be a new item to the companies because these peppers have been around a long time.
This is the first year that I have had a Rooster Spur this color...we are not brave enough yet to try it
And of course Ornamental Peppers--these peppers are edible, IF you know they have NOT been sprayed with chemicals. The flavor ranges from mild to HOT . If you want to make sure your peppers have not been sprayed........start from seed. This is the second year these two
Ornamental Peppers have returned in the same container that they were originally planted in.
Sometimes I chip them up in sauces, chilis, mexican dishes----
I use the Datil and Rooster Spurs in Hot Pepper Sauce. I stuff as many peppers as I can get in a glass container, heat some vinegar, pour over the peppers and cap. The longer it sits on the shelf the hotter it gets. HINT: for more heat, add a sprinkle of salt and a drop or two of olive oil.
I also put my Rooster Spurs in an open glass to let dry...very pretty sitting around. You can also crush the dried peppers to make hot pepper sprinkles, like you see at the pizza places.
Sometimes, for fun, we just see who can eat a HOT pepper..
Caution: Peppers are very HOT--DO NOT rub or scratch your eyes, nose, mouth or anywhere else while handling peppers...you could use gloves...I don't. Wash hands thoroughly!! Especially before touching small children or babies...
These pepper plants are a wonderful addition to your flower gardens...the Rooster Spurs get about 2 - 3 feet tall.
Now, who wants seeds?