A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.
30th March 2017
When did that happen! – the hop shoots have been racing up the wall of our backyard. I decided to sample some before they got tougher and hop shoots for lunch escaped me for another year.
There seem to be shoots of all different lengths.
The shoots tips are tender – I cut mine about 10-15cm long.
Having read that a hop will resprout readily, I cut all the ones I could find.
And cooked them for about four minutes in olive oil with some grated garlic. Seasoned with salt and pepper.
Not quite the wow experience of the hop flower bruschetta I cooked last September. The hop shoots were a nice texture and overall it was a tasty lunch but I found it hard to get a clear idea of the flavour of the shoots themselves – I think I used a bit too much garlic really! (For some reason what came to mind was the sprats on toast my mother cooked occasionally when we were young – not that I’m saying they tasted fishy.)
Reviewing the havoc I’d wreaked on the plant I decided to cut these chopped shoots right back (having realised now that of course I could taste a few again when they resprout and won’t have to wait until next year after all!)