Purveyors and Markets
Reviewed: November, 2010
Minorcan Datil Pepper Products, LLC
The local Datil pepper, found here in Northeast Florida, plays a large role in the authentic food scene in Saint Augustine. A jelly maker brought the peppers here from Cuba in the 1880s, and the Minorcan community embraced the small but powerful pepper in their spicy cooking.
Marcia McQuaig began to make Datil pepper mustard for fun. Her homemade Datil pepper mustard was a favorite Christmas present she gave to her friends. Lonnie Pomar, owner of the local O’Steen’s Restaurant, suggested that the mustard was so good she should bottle it. So she began. That was 17 years ago.
Today she runs her Datil pepper business out of a small out-building next to her house in rural Saint Johns County. Over the years she has experimented with many recipes (her husband even joined in) and now has a nice variety of Datil pepper products, including salsa, relish, mustard, jams, and jellies. But, her Datil pepper hot sauce is the best seller. Her Christmas present of long ago, Minorcan Datil Pepper Mustard was a 2004 Bronze medal winner at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival World-Wide Mustard Competition. Her newest item is quarts of Minorcan clam chowder.
Marcia McQuaig 5057 Silo Rd
St Augustine, FL 32092