When we first started in business in 1990, we were inundated with interest from people who thought what we were attempting to do was wonderful. We raised awareness of the demise of the English hop growing industry and so many people came to visit us with fond memories of their childhood and days hop picking, when the industry was at it greatest.

People were so generous we were given family mementos, photos and memorabilia to display. One lovely lady provided us with a handwritten list of recipes, which are detailed below.

Tinctures were created using hops that were supposed to help reduce painful swelling, bruises and boils. Compresses that would reduce neuralgia rheumatic pains. Various tonics that would purify the blood, reduce nervousness, and hysteria, as well as stimulate a sluggish liver and stimulate the appetite. Hops are also said to also help with diseases of the chest & throat.

 

(Essentially Hops disclaimer – these recipes have been posted here as examples of traditional uses of hops from the 19th and 20th Centuries. This information is not intended to detail recommendations, advice or clinically proven remedies, treatments or cures. We recommend seeking professional medical advice! ).

 

For nervousness, hysteria, insomia

Infuse ½ oz dried hop flowers in ½ pint boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and drink the whole amount hot at bedtime.

 

For insomnia

Sleep with your head on a pillow of dried hop flowers. This will also help diseases of the chest and throat.

 

A general tonic to purify the blood

Infuse ½ oz dried hop flowers in 1 ¾ pints of water (boiling) for 15 minutes, strain. Sweeten with honey. Drink a glass full three times a day.

 

To stimulate the appetite

To 1 bottle of sherry add 1 ½ oz dried hop flowers. Leave to macerate for 24 hours. Strain. This can be taken as it is, in a sherry glass, or diluted with hot water before the main meal of the day.

 

For difficult digestion

Take one cup of the above infusion three times a day after meals.

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Dried Hop Bunch

£20.00

These dried hop bunches were harvested and dried in Autumn 2020.  They are carefully stored to preserve their colour and aroma. Bunches are perfect for smaller spaces or for using in your floral craft projects and arrangements.

Bunches from the 2019 harvest are now on sale for clearance here but their colour will not be as good as new season dried bunches and they will be more delicate.

Decorated Hop Garland Natural

£125.00

Made to order by our florist, this dried hop garland is arranged on an easy to handle length of rope, approximately 120cm/4 feet long and decorated with natural dried flowers (flowers will vary according to availability).

Decorated Hop Garland Red

£160.00

Made to order by our florist, this dried hop garland is arranged on an easy to handle length of rope, approximately 120cm/4 feet long and decorated with dried red flowers (flowers will vary according to availability).

Dried Hop Garland

£37.50

These dried hop garlands were harvested and kiln dried in Autumn 2020 and are approx. 2.5-3m in length. They are carefully stored to preserve their colour and aroma. All of our hops are grown on our farm here in Bekesbourne.

Please read more below about how to hang them and about what to expect if you have never had dried hops before.

Dried hop garlands harvested in 2019 are still available here and are now on sale.

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Fresh Hop Bunches

Fresh Hop Bunches are a great way to hang hops in your home and enjoy their gorgeous aroma and colour, especially if you don’t have space for a hop garland.

We have now come to the end of delivery for this years fresh hops. If you would like to be notified about the availability of hops next year leave your email below or sign up to our mailing list.

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Dried Hop Bunch (SALE)

£20.00 £11.50

These dried hop bunches are on sale for clearance as they are from our 2019 harvest. Their colour will not be as good as new season dried bunches and they will be more delicate. Bunches are perfect for smaller spaces or for using in your own arrangements.

Please note that refunds/returns are not available on sale items.