Week of May 25, 2017 - Hops Asparagus

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:53 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Hops Asparagus

Hops shares a family with Cannabis, and like its sister, has separate male and female vines. Herbalists use the unfertilized female flowers, which are loaded with resin. No matter what your hops vine is though, the shoots are edible, and taste a lot like asparagus. I can usually harvest enough new shoots for a tasty treat every two weeks throughout May and June.

Here is a nice bundle of hops shoots. I have harvested them by breaking them off the stalk. Like asparagus, the tough stalk is too fibrous for my taste. I just like to eat the tender growing tip, about 3-5 inches.

Poisonous plants can grow in among the edible ones, so keep your eyes open. Here are several shoots of bind weed (wild morning glory) mixed in with the hops.  It wouldn’t kill me to eat bind weed but it wouldn’t be pleasant.

I saute the hops shoots in half butter and half olive oil for about ten minutes or until tender, adding a splash of tamari as I serve them.

~ Daylily ~

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