Southern Ripening

There is no better way to get a feel for botany than to grow something from seed. By the time a plant is even a few feet high it is displaying such a myriad of often complex developments that unweaving them can be fiendishly difficult. Watching a plant grow from day one it is much easier to spot these developments taking place. Nothing could be more satisfying than watching a fruit ripen towards the end of this process.

This Santa Fe Grande Chilli has ripened more quickly on its warmer, southern side. Another instance where my chilli plants have done their best to turn themselves into a natural compass.