Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea) is a species of flowering herb in the family Asteraceae. In Brazil it is called jambu.
Its native distribution is unclear, but it is likely derived from a Brazilian Acmella species. It is grown as an ornamental and it is used as a medicinal remedy in various parts of the world.
A small, erect plant, it grows quickly and bears gold and red inflorescences. It is frost-sensitive but perennial in warmer climates.
For culinary purposes, small amounts of shredded fresh toothache plant leaves are said to add a unique flavour to salads.
Cooked leaves lose their strong flavour and may be used as leafy greens. Both fresh and cooked leaves are used in dishes such as stews in Brazil.
They are combined with chilies and garlic to
add flavor and vitamins to other foods. Toothache plant prefers well-drained, black (high organic content) soil.
Toothache plant seeds are simple to grow. Sprinkle some on damp, rich soil and cover with cling-film. The seeds will take about 2-3 weeks to germinate at room temperature.
They like partially shaded sunlight. Frost will kill them though.
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Peyote Cactus is a small, spineless cactus, (Lophophora williamsii), whose principal active ingredient is the hallucinogen mescaline.
From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part of traditional religious rites.
Peyote is also sold in Mexico as a medicine against blindness, fever and many other diseases.Although the areas Lophophora Williamsii is commonly found in are usually very dry and receive much harsh direct sunlight, the cactus itself often grows in the shade of another cactus or nearby shrub.
Once Peyote reaches a diameter of around 7cm, Peyote begins producing side pups, and may eventually form large clumps. Peyote will do well in any free draining compost mix. Although to promote flowering it is recommended to add Gypsum.
Calcium is also thought to benefit Peyote. A good mix would be: 1/3 coarse sand**1/3 Perlite**1/3 Potting compost.
A couple of new babies!
Due to it's naturally slow growth rate, some growers prefer to graft Peyote onto faster growing species, such as San Pedro (trichocereus pachanoi)or a pereskiopsis species, to cut down on the time it takes to produce fully grown plants.
Peyote usually responds well to grafting, a six month old seedling, once grafted, may reach flowering size in as little as six months
This is a big improvement on conventionally grown Peyote, which may take 3 to 5 years to reach flowering size.
As with all cacti, don't graft Peyote just for the sake of it. As not all grafts are successful, it can be a terrible waste of plants.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
"Sam Pedro's Absinthe kits work a treat! Thanks very much Sam." Charlie (Dover, UK)
Since we started making our own Absinthe kits back in 1999 we have had nothing but positive feedback from them!
The kit comprises of a pack of pre-prepared herbs, including Wormwood, Hyssop and Calamus root.
There are full instructions (detailed below) and even a couple of paper filters to get your finished result as clear as possible.
We’ve been making absinthe kits since 1999 and our recipe has been steadily improved over the years!
Our kit has been tried and tested by many friends and customers
and they have always found the flavours of the ingredients we use to be excellent.
In the kit you will find a pack of mixed herbs and spices, including Wormwood & Calamus
organically grown and dried in Cornwall.
Simply add the herb mix to 1litre of 50% (100 proof)or more alcohol.
A strong rum or vodka will do.
Using anything lower than 50% will leave your drink very cloudy.
Leave to steep for 2-3 weeks, then strain the herbs from the liquid. Filter 2 or 3 times with the filter paper provided to attain clarity.
It’s now ready to drink. Pour over a sugar cube using a traditional Absinthe spoon.
Please enquire for more details!
Monday, 1 December 2014
Back in stock now after many requests!
Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other hallucinatory experiences.
Its native habitat is in cloud forest of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it grows in shady and moist locations.
Salvia divinorum rarely produces seed, and when it does they are nearly always sterile. That is why Salvia divinorum is usually propagated by cuttings.
Once acclimatized it can live as a normal houseplant, otherwise it needs an humid environment to mimic its natural habitat.
The W&H strain (named for R. Gordon Wasson and Dr. Albert Hoffman) is said to be the most potent of the known strains.
It is faster growing than the Blosser strain of Salvia Divinorum although its reputed to be less palatable.
We also have Blosser strain back in stock.