Eating Hops for Fun and Profit
I can't say, after picking hops by hand, that I really considered ever eating them. Sure, they're edible. That's why they are used in brewing beer, but actually eating them?
A few weeks back, I was at the Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs. By the way, the market is awesome! Far superior to the Food Hole and a couple of co-ops I can name. I picked up a piece of cheese with hops in it to try back at the farm. We are currently interviewing local and NY state produced cheeses to present on our cheese board and our ploughman's lunch plate. (Yes, it's a tough job, but well, you know....)
I was impressed by the flavor - fresh and grassy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The only criticism I had was the hop flavor seemed to overwhelm the cheese flavor, so perhaps with a stronger flavored cheese, this might work better. Even so, I would definitely consider putting this cheese in our cheese selections, if only for the novelty factor of it containing hops.
As you can see, no problem with finishing this off in the farm kitchen...