Humulus lupulus – Hops
cloning hops and eating fresh shoots
This year when starting my initial pruning I noticed I could pull some of the baby shoots out by almost what felt and looked like the eye or root mass region. That lead me to try cloning them. I put some of the baby shoots in a glass of water immediately then transplanted to a larger light proof container i put wrap over and poked holes in the top and set in window. Change the water every couple days and within a week or two you should start to see roots. I had about a 70% success rate on the ones that were picked well and were the right size of about 6 inches.
Since the wonderful hop has been a cure all for centuries I thought I would finally after years of thinking about it cook some up and try them for myself.
Humulus lupulus, the unique plant also known as hops. The female flower looks like a cone, called the strobiles, is added to beer for flavor. You know the “bitter face”? Well, that’s primarily due to the type & amount of hops used to give beer it’s tang. Hops are an ancient brewing & medicinal ingredient. Hops provide an antibacterial effect & can also be used for it’s sedating effects. Herbal medicine folklore suggests filling a pillow case full of strobiles for a good night’s rest!
When fresh shoots start emerging from the ground don’t just prune out the small ones and discard, they make a tasty side dish. Try and catch them between 4-10inches tall. Rinse and saute with butter and salt. Photos below show some of the process of the fun you can have expanding and eating your hops.
This March while enjoying Disney’s Animal Kingdom we were lucky enough to cross paths with the lovely DiVine. You can find her in the first hour or so after the park opens on the pathways between Africa and Asia. She walks on stilts and is an amazing performance artist that moves as you could imagine a vine would as it opens to the morning sun.
Carbonated water, Sugar, Orange juice concentrate, Citric acid, Natural flavors, Sodium benzoate (preserves freshness) Caffeine, Sodium citrate, Gum arabic, Erythorbic Acid, Calcium disodium EDTA, Brominated vegetable oil, Yellow 5, Mountain water
I took this photo on my (coffee) table and used an on camera flash zoomed in and bounced off the ceiling to create better contrast. Taken with canon 5D mark II with 70-200mm f2.8 IS L. You can take great product photos with very little equipment at home. Did I mention everything was set in manual. Stop trusting your camera and become a professional buy using your caffeine filled head!