2018 was absolutely amazing. Old St Augustine Gourmet won 9 prestigious awards this past year! Not one, not two, but three Scovie Awards! 2 World Hot Sauce Awards, and 4 International Flavor Awards!
In addition, we’re excited to announce that we’ve been certified by Fresh From Florida, and are including their logo on all our products. We had the opportunity to participate in the Fresh From Florida booth at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit trade show in October which was held in Orlando, Florida. It was a blast to represent First Coast Fresh through the University of Florida and present the unique Florida Datil Pepper to produce marketers from all over the world.
All natural Datil Jerk is a Jamaican Spice Blend that combines traditional Jamaican spices like allspice and nutmeg, but with the kick of datil peppers instead of the Scotch bonnets typically seen in a jerk seasoning. It has won 2 Scovie Awards for its rich, robust Jamaican flavor and unique taste.
Datil Zest is an all natural blend of orange, lemon and lime. All the flavors of Florida wrapped up in one perfect blend that truly compliments fish and seafood as well as being a wonderful all-around table seasoning. It’s so versatile, I use it every day. No wonder it won a Scovie Award.
Fountain of Youth Datil Marinade has also won 2 awards, Runner up at the World Hot Sauce Awards in New Iberia, Louisiana, and Runner-up at the International Flavor Awards in Madison Wisconsin. It’s loaded with raisins, mango, orange juice, white grapefruit juice, key lime and pineapple, and of course datil peppers, which give it a distinctive flavor and gives new life to your meat and veggies. Try it as a salad dressing as well. You’ll be surprised at how versatile this product really is.
Sweet Heat Bar-B-Que Sauce won 1st Place in the mild BBQ Division at the World Hot Sauce Awards. Brown sugar, spicy mustard, turmeric, tamari sauce, onion, garlic and datil peppers combine to create a tantalizing sauce with just a little bit of heat. It’s terrific on chicken, ribs, brisket and meatballs to name just a few uses. You can always turn up the heat by adding one of our datil pepper hot sauces, or another of our spicy products.
Jalapeno Onion Relish won a 1st Place Award at the International Flavor Awards. It’s a distinctive combination of Vidalia onions, mild jalapenos and grandmother’s secret spices. Of course it is perfect on burgers and hot dogs, but you have to try it in vegetables like fresh peas and beans. I can eat it right out of the jar by the spoonful. Sweet and tangy, with just a hint of heat, it goes well with so many foods.
Our limited edition Snake Bite Medium Datil Pepper Salsa won 1st Place at the International Flavor Awards as well! We really racked up on the awards the first year we entered this competition. Fresh diced tomatoes, sweet onions, and datil peppers are the key ingredients. Yes, it’s perfect with tortilla chips, but it’s amazing on blackened tuna steaks, in black eyed peas, and with grilled veggies. Look for it to make a comeback later in the year!
Snake Bite Datil Pepper Hot Sauce won 1st Place at the International Flavor Awards. It will tantalize your taste buds with the unique flavor of datil peppers. Snake Bite adds a zesty bite to hot wings, pizza, seafood, soups, and so much more. For a special treat, mix it with a little butter and either Datil Zest or Datil Jerk, and pour over popcorn. It’s a medium heat sauce that lets the distinctive datil pepper flavor shine through.
The awards have blown me away, but there’s MORE!
Spotlight On Business Magazine did a brilliant article titled:
David Mc Donald, the author, and I spent quite a bit of time on the phone doing the interview. He asked purposeful questions about why I left my administrative nursing job to pursue making and selling datil pepper products. I’m extremely appreciative of how well written and accurate the article turned out, and thrilled that it was chosen as one of the top stories of the year.
I have some lofty goals for 2019. First, I’m going to do everything in my power to publish more blogs. My goal is 2 blogs a week, focusing on healthy, seasonal foods, and loaded with lots of nutritional information. I love including fun facts as well, so that will continue to be part of my posts. Let me know what you would like to see in the way of recipes, food ideas or nutritional information. I want to hear from you.
I have several new dry seasonings in the works. Datil peppers are so versatile. They’re the perfect addition to almost any dish. Datil peppers have a slightly fruity flavor with a latent heat. They’re hot, but not over the top hot. Datils have about the same heat level as habaneros, so they’re spicy, but definitely not on the scale of a ghost pepper or Carolina reaper. I don’t do bland foods. I love to season everything with unique flavor combinations, and I know you’re going to love my new blends. Stay tuned for an announcement about these special new seasonings that will take your dishes in new directions. I’ll even include a few contests, just for fun!
As I ponder the possibilities 2019 will usher in, I’m truly excited. Charles Ray and I’ve made plans to attend the Fiery Food Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March, and we’re trying to decide where else to take our unique datil pepper products. The datil pepper is such an unknown commodity, and we’re determined to promote it far and wide. 5 to 10 years ago, ghost peppers and reapers weren’t very well known. They’re household names, now, and I expect datil peppers to take off over the next year. I want everyone to spice up their life by adding datil peppers to their diet.
Adding hot peppers like the datil to your diet may also have amazing health benefits. The capsaicin in datil peppers does more than add flavor to your life. Here are a few of those benefits:
Relief from Pain – especially Arthritis
Reduces Cholesterol Levels
May help decrease the risk of Heart Attack & Stroke
Rich in Antioxidants & Vitamin C
Stimulates Endorphins & Dopamine – the Happy Hormones
Old St Augustine Gourmet is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. It was an arduous process, but well worth the effort to become WBENC certified. I’m proud to be part of such an enterprising group of women who are changing the face of business, one woman at a time.
We are certainly off to a great start to 2019. I can’t wait to see what this new year will bring. Happy New Year from the Datil Pepper Lady.