Aug 20, 2012

Wild Hops

Last fall I discovered a patch of wild hops back in the woods.  I didn't get them picked in time, but this year I plan to harvest them and make a tea with them.
Here's a close up-

I think that they are almost ready to harvest.  The cones should feel papery and light and a bit dry.  If they have an odor and are slightly sticky they are ready.  Once I harvest them and dry them in my dehydrator, I'm going to use them for tea.

Hops aid insomnia, promotes appetite, (like I need that?), can relieve arthritis pain, relieves gas, and helps women produce more milk while breastfeeding. 

One more thing to add to my medicine cabinet.  Oh, hoppy day!

2 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Are those hops closely related to the hops you need for making beer? I know of some brewing bloggers who grow their own hops in their garden.

odiie said...

Mama Pea,
From what I've read they are just not as strong as the cultivated hops. But, basically the same thing.

Aug 20, 2012

Wild Hops

Last fall I discovered a patch of wild hops back in the woods.  I didn't get them picked in time, but this year I plan to harvest them and make a tea with them.
Here's a close up-

I think that they are almost ready to harvest.  The cones should feel papery and light and a bit dry.  If they have an odor and are slightly sticky they are ready.  Once I harvest them and dry them in my dehydrator, I'm going to use them for tea.

Hops aid insomnia, promotes appetite, (like I need that?), can relieve arthritis pain, relieves gas, and helps women produce more milk while breastfeeding. 

One more thing to add to my medicine cabinet.  Oh, hoppy day!

2 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Are those hops closely related to the hops you need for making beer? I know of some brewing bloggers who grow their own hops in their garden.

odiie said...

Mama Pea,
From what I've read they are just not as strong as the cultivated hops. But, basically the same thing.