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.