What are these, can you guess? I can’t decide whether it’s an obvious question or a good puzzler.
Hint: they’re growing on a vine on our back porch. They’re grown en masse in NW USA with cultured variety names like Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook…. English varieties have blunt names like Fuggles and Nugget. We’re growing oodles of them at Zealandia for a customer in Nelson, NZ.
Up close view–you got it?
Hops. For beer. Yum.
Actually, I just did a tea out of them to see what they really taste like minus all the malt, and they’re BITTER. That’s the point, I guess. They do smell nice at any rate!
And now, after spending 30 minutes harvesting one plant, I spent the next 30 minutes watching you-tube videos of hop harvest machinery. Mechanization, it’s a wonderful thing.