Chilli (Capsicum frutescens)

In a gravity-defying act, these chillies grow pointing upwards. Emerging fruits are pale green, incredibly adorable little nubs. They eventually grow to a glorious height of about 2cm, darken, and turn a shade of dirty paintbrush water before finally deciding to blush a bright, furious red. And despite how cute and pretty they are, they…

Cannabis (Cannabis sp.)

One can only imagine that a fateful soul, thousands of years ago, decided rather successfully to see what would happen if he smoked some marijuana. In fact, the oldest written record found dates back to 440 BC, documented by a Greek historian writing of central Eurasian nomads. This, perhaps, sowed the seed of the present…

Indian Borage (Plectranthus amboinicus)

For an herb so common and robust, Plectranthus amboinicus has been given a surprising number of international aliases: Mexican mint, Cuban oregano, Indian borage, and Spanish thyme, amongst others. Despite its global affiliations, the plant is native to Southern and Eastern Africa. The sheer variety of its names also belies its botanical ancestry- it belongs…