Hops were used for brewing over 3000 years ago. Cultivation of this plant began in Bavaria in the eighth century. Well known for its essentials oils the female cones impart its aroma and bitterness to beer. These compounds stimulate gastric secretions improving appetite. The young shoots are popular in France and Belgium and are cooked in the same way as asparagus which are called ‘jets de houblon’. We produce seed grown hops and yours will be a mix of unsexed seedlings. Plants grown in the shade of our hybrid oaks grow up the trunks and reach over 30 ft. in a single season. Often you can see the cones of the female plants in the winter near the top of the trees making it a challenge to harvest. The best sprouts are harvested in early spring just like asparagus before they become woody. Makes a heck of a fence cover more than an asparagus substitute. The cones do make an interesting tea!
|Genus & Species||Humulus Iupulus|
|Pollination Requirements||Male and Female on separate plants.|
|Soil||Quite an adaptable plant found in many locations usually low organic soils.|
|Climate||Zone 4-8. Fruiting is best in cool areas.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Impossible not to succeed. Has been a long lived perennial at our farm. Questionable why you would grow this for just the flower buds but then beer is a possibility.|