Interestingly enough I have wanted to grow hops for a few years now. I love the look of these fast-growing, green perennial plants (who are a cousin to cannabis). We all know of hops because of their role in our favorite beers. While possibly brewing our own beer might be something we would like to try it isn’t enough of a reason to invest our time, money, and energy into growing these lovely plants. So I kept looking. If we grow something around here it has to have a purpose and even better, multiple purposes. Through lots of research I found a long list of why we will be planting hops on the farm this spring.
A big reason is the new research that is coming out about hops and their benefits to honeybees. Research is showing that the hops beta acid (HBA) can help keep varroa mites in check which would in turn mean part of the solution to colony collapse disorder. Since we are adding honeybees to the farm this April it seems like a no-brainer to grow hops around the hives as well.
Some other uses for hops are….
Hops can be used in cooking.
- Instead of basil leaves chop up some fresh picked hop leaves, it gives off a piney taste and adds flavor to many Italian dishes.
- People have started putting hops in desserts.
- As a marinade on steaks or chicken.
Hops has a long list of medicinal purposes. Many of which are still being found and researched.
As with anything you are ingesting always use the correct dosage and follow all directions given by your medical advisor.
- Dried hops in your pillowcase can help with insomnia.
- Steeped in tea can aid in digestion and help with ailments such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcers.
- It can help relieve menstrual symptoms
- They are known for anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and a slew of other beneficial properties.
- They have aided in acne prevention and weight loss.
For more information check out these sites too…
Or check out this great Ted Talk about Why bees are disappearing.