Marijuana's Tasty Cousin

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Jonathan Billinger
Is it time for hops, marijuana's legal cousin, to come back into the kitchen? Writer Peter Smith over at Food & Think has a nice post about the seasonal ingredient, which he picked himself from his father's hop bines.

While no international price index charts the prices of vegetables, hop shoots are considered among the world's most expensive vegetables, commanding a far higher price than prized white asparagus.

The shoots are typically picked now-ish (when spring-veggie fiends are at their most feverish!) and though they've traditionally been used as a bittering agent by beer makers, Smith finds references to cooking the shoots in an essay by Elizabeth David and chats with a hops maker in Washington who pickles the stuff. OMG hop shoots! Could they be the next ramps?

via Food & Think

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Eating In Translation
Eating In Translation

I have yet to try them, but the Jersey City location of Barcade serves pickled hop shoots. 

Muzzy Lu
Muzzy Lu

Medical marijuana is MUCH better than hops! No help for medical marijuana, no to Obama! I found a great medical marijuana book that has great recipes, uses less valuable marijuana, and has smaller candies to use for pain on a daily basis: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. How about just $2.99 for great e-book on medical marijuana? This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints. 

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