Mother to Comet, Sunshine was developed via open pollination seedling selection at Wye College in England. It was selected by Professor E. R. Salmon in the early 1930’s and exhibits a very similar oil profile to Comet.

While it is considered a brewing hop first and foremost, its lovely, lemon yellow colored leaves also give this variety ornamental potential. Like Sunbeam hops, it should to be grown in a shaded position or it risks sustaining necrotic burn when exposed to prolonged late summer sun. Its exact parentage is unknown.

Also Known As
Purpose Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 6.7%-8.2%
Beta Acid Composition 2.1%-3.1%
Co-Humulone Composition 34%
Country  UK
Cone Size
Cone Density
Seasonal Maturity Early to mid
Yield Amount 560-900 kg/hectare (500-800 lbs/acre)
Growth Rate Moderate to high
Resistant to Moderately resistant to downy mildew
Susceptible to
Storability Retains 50% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)
East of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.35 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 55%
Humulene Oil Composition 0.9%
Caryophyllene Oil
Farnesene Oil
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