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A history of hops

July 20, 2009

If you’re into your history and hops, you may be interested in an article I stumbled on today. The article is on a useful local website called ‘The Prow’ which details the history of the Top of the South region. It discusses the development of Nelson as NZ’s hop growing region from the plantings of early English and German immigrants to the tasty, NZ-bred, disease-resistant varieties of today.

This beats the hell out of School!

"This sure beats the hell out of School!"

mmmmmm...sticky buds

mmmmmm...sticky buds

I was given a bit of a tiki-tour of the hop-growing region by a local recently after a day tramp in the Abel Tasman. You can still see some of the old hop kilns about the place but around Riwaka it looks like apples are now the crop of choice (the top wires are still there above the apple trees). However, round the back streets of Motueka there are plenty of small plots – currently being mowed by sheep.

There’s more history on the Te Ara Encyclopedia of NZ site, conveniently located in an article on Hops, Tobacco & Hemp.

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