BANHOEK / FEAR CORNER
Banhoek Chilli Oil gets its moniker from the Ban(g)hoek (“Fear Corner”) Valley, which runs along the Helshoogte (“Hell’s Heights”) Pass between the historic Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in South Africa. The valley itself was named for the feeling of fear that rippled through the troupe of early Cape settlers when they first set foot in this fertile – yet wildly petrifying – corner of the Cape. You see, it was where Cape mountain lions and leopards roamed and ruled. Luckily for us, our ancestors didn’t go running for the first horse out of there. So today we’re here to tell the tale and can present you with Banhoek Chilli Oil – a Banhoek local that doesn’t bite (much).
BANHOEK chilli oil
The idea for Banhoek Chilli Oil stemmed from a fear of average-tasting chilli oils. When chillies are mixed with olive oil, the taste of the olives gets in the way of the pure chilli flavour. That is why we use high quality rapeseed oil – it does not get in the way of the chilli taste. On the other hand, made-to-order fresh or dried chillies served in oil never quite cut it consistency-wise and so we infuse the chilli flavour to keep the chilli flavour and hotness consistent.
Only the finest, 100% South African ingredients go into Banhoek Chilli Oil. It’s handmade in small batches and uniquely cooked using induction heating to ensure consistent heating levels that other methods simply can’t beat.