Hop Shoots, a vegetable grown by a farmer in Bihar is cooking up a tempest after an IAS officer tweeted a collage of two photos and wrote: ”One kilogram of this vegetable costs about ₹ 1 lakh ! World’s costliest vegetable, ‘hop-shoots’ is being cultivated by Amresh Singh an enterprising farmer from Bihar, the first one in India. Can be a game changer for Indian farmers.” Soon after that the ‘hop shoots’ started a buzz on social media with many people tweeting about the green conical vegetable.
The hop – called humulus lupulus – is a perpetual plant. A native of North America and Europe, hop shoots were believed to be a weed until its properties were known. According to a research, hop shoots have ”antibacterial effects” and are used for ”bittering”, ”flavoring” and as ”stability agent in beer”.
The farming of hop-shoots is mainly found in European countries like Britain, Germany, and others. Earlier it was done in Himachal Pradesh but stopped since its marketing did not take off because of the high price. The hop-shoot was discovered in the early 11th century and was used as flavoring agent in beer and then its use in herbal medicine and as a vegetable gradually.