I just finished reading a report by the USDA and Oregon State University on the wild hops of the southwest. The report has identified with GPS coordinates the locations of the wild hops - neomexicanus strain. The report is about 13 years old, but I am familiar with some of the locations. Three are on a few hours from my home. So... I'm going to check out two of the sites near Mt Graham, AZ.
I realize that the plants will just be coming back after the winter. So my goal now is to locate these wild hop plants. The GPS coordinates show them on the eastern slopes, so they should just be popping out of their winter beds under the spring sunshine and recent rains/snow at the elevations these will be located. I also need to determine if its private property or USFS managed lands and rules on harvesting. Then I could return July - September for harvest.
BUT, before I do that I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the wild hops variety neomexicanus? Any idea of flavors, aromas, bitterness %, etc.? Any recipes? Drying methods?