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).