It doesn’t matter whether it’s medieval society or modern, is there anything that symbolizes “social” more than beer? People have been brewing beer since 7000 BCE in the East and 3500 BCE in the West. Hops have been being added to beer since at least the 9th century. The practiceContinue Reading

For a plant that’s been around for a long time, there are remarkably few older references to it. I have searched all of my usual herbals and haven’t found mention of this herb under any name for it that I am familiar with in many of them. As with yesterday’sContinue Reading

There are a fair number of uses for our Noble Interest in the kitchen. I must state that I have spent the better part of a day trying to find older recipes (medieval and before) and have been utterly unable to do so. I am quite certain that it’s becauseContinue Reading

In his book Five Hundred Points Of Husbandrie, Thomas Tusser gives these instructions. March drie or wet,hop ground go set.Yoong rootes well drestproove ever * best.Grant hop great hillto growe at will.From hop long gutaway go cut. According to the old calendar, now is the time to see to yourContinue Reading

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Humulus lupulus Mention hops and the conversation usually jumps straight to beer with good reason. But there’s so much more to the hop plant than that. It’s a plant that I greatly admire and I’m ready to delve into why. I’ll meet you in the garden. More about this topic:Continue Reading

While we’re still getting snow, it’s melting soon after it falls. The woodcock appeared a couple of days ago and we have some crocus around the house. We’re still waiting to hear the peepers but they should wake soon. The willows in the fields are a lovely golden yellow whichContinue Reading