St. Augustine, Florida is known for growing some of the hottest chili peppers in the country, including the fiery datil pepper. Traders Hill Farm, in partnership with World Honey Market, has produced a blend of 100 percent raw orange blossom honey from Central Florida with St. Augustine datil peppers to create the Datil Sting Hot Honey.
Traders Hill Farm debuted and marketed the hot honey product at Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure conference on April 6-8th in Orlando, FL.
It is believed datil peppers first came to St. Augustine from Spain in the late 1700s. Datil peppers are a cultural phenomenon that began in Northern Florida, and a love for their unique flavor has spread across the country. With a median heat rating of 200,000 Scoville units, datils are on par with habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers but boast a mellower, sweeter flavor.
“The combination of sweet orange blossom and datil pepper heat creates a desirable flavor profile great on everything from vegetables and wings to gourmet charcuterie platters and in exotic cocktails,” says Tracy Nazzaro, president and general manager of Traders Hill Farm. “It’s perfect right out of the bottle as a sauce for ice cream and BBQ, along with other summer favorites from fried chicken to cornbread—even hot dogs and hamburgers.”
Datil Sting Hot Honey is available in retail and foodservice pack sizes of 12-ounce, half-gallon and 1 gallon. Point-of-sale merchandise display materials are also available.
“Combining our Northeast Florida locally-produced datil peppers with 100 percent raw orange blossom honey is an extension of our support for the community,” Nazzaro said. “Datil Sting Hot Honey is a perfect product representing our goal to yield delicious, high-quality produce grown locally, safely and sustainably.”