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A Growing Passion’ Takes On San Diego Hops

"A Growing Passion" Season Five

A trailer for season five of "A Growing Passion."

'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops


Nan Sterman, host, "A Growing Passion"


After an unusually rainy winter in Southern California, it seems nearly every patch of earth is in bloom. It is not something San Diego gardeners are used to, but it is a fitting time to catch the new season of KPBS' "A Growing Passion."

The season's first episode, which airs Thursday at 8:30 p.m., features San Diego farmers growing hops, plants used to give beer a bright, citrus flavor. They area key component in IPAs, a San Diego brewers' specialty, but there are only about a dozen or so commercial farmers growing hops in San Diego.

Sterman also takes viewers inside the San Diego Zoo to see its botanists and looks at farmers who grow fruits and flowers not to eat or sell but for seed harvesting. She joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday with a sneak peek at the new season.

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