Hop

Latin name: Humulus lupulus
Location: Plot on Platform 1 (though it is a perennial so you won’t see it in winter)
What it looks like: The Hop is a climbing plant with jagged dark green leaves and creamy pine cone shaped flowers. 
History:
Hops were first cultivated in England in the 1600s but originated in Egypt much earlier.
How to eat it: Hop plants were originally used in salads but have since become a key ingredient of beer. The Hop shoots which are only available for about a month in spring are the edible part and can be cooked in a similar way to Asparagus, adding to dishes such as omelettes. The Hop flowers are used for making beer and are dried before use.
More information: The Hop plant is related to both Nettles and Marijuana!

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