Thursday, 24 April 2008

Hops (Humulus lupulus)

I recently tried hop shoots for the first time. I only had a few (because I was scared!) in an omlette. They were quite pleasant - a bit like nettles maybe, but milder.

On my lunchbreak today I picked a large handful as I wandered by the river. I also took a few pictures (click photo to view bigger).

This evening for dinner I made a quick cheese sauce for pasta, and threw them in to add a few vitamins : ) I would recommend using only the very tops (3 or 4 inches) and cooking them quite well, as they're covered in strange sticky hairs!

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