Although he was primarily growing the plants for making homebrewed beer, he also experimented with eating the tender shoots — which sound reminiscent of asparagus or fiddlehead ferns — and the pungent flowers, which he compares to basil flowers. The article includes a recipe for a simple bruschetta made with tomato, onion and hop flowers.
• Read the article & get the recipe: Hopped Up: Cooking with a Brewmaster's Best Friend at Bon Appétit
Have you ever grown or cooked with hops?
Related: Beer Guide: What Are Hops?
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