Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Today in Our Garden #GardenCuizine #gardenchat #hops

Today in Our Garden
Hops (Humulus lupulus) twine above a wren's bird house. Hops vines add charm to any garden. The green blooms can be boiled to add characteristic flavor to beer. Hops extract also acts as a preservative. According to Mother Earth News, "It's not the flowers themselves, but the resin glands (called lupulin) at the base of the petals that give hops their distinctive properties. The resin itself contains acids that produce bitterness; the volatile oils in the glands yield aroma."

And, no, we've never tried to make our own beer. Why do that with Iron Hill Brewery right up the street!
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