I’ve decided to start a new category – Favorite German Things! This category is related to Weird German Things, in that I will be discussing things that I have discovered in Germany. But these are going to be things that I think are totally awesome.
The first item on my list of my favorite German things is Spargel – known in English as “asparagus”. I’m not talking about any old asparagus, however. I’m talking about white asparagus.
Spargel is a type of asparagus grown in Germany – and it is just regular green asparagus grown without access to sunlight by covering it with dirt. The lack of light keeps chlorophyll from forming. This gives it a milder, sweeter taste.
We cooked ours by wrapping up in some foil, adding a spoonful of butter, and letting it heat in the oven. There are tons of different recipes that you can make with it. Christie Dietz over at “A Sausage Has Two” has a list of 17 recipes for Spargel! Because it’s got quite a mild taste, it can be combined with a variety of other foods with fabulous results.
Unfortunately, it’s a seasonal food, and Spargel season is coming to an end. But from April to June, you can find it everywhere. Supermarkets will carry packaged variety, but you can also find fresh Spargel at open air markets and special stands that pop up only in the Spring. Many restaurants will have a special Spargel menu during this time, and if you ever find yourself in Germany during Spargel season, I would highly suggest tracking some down!
What are some delicious, seasonal foods where you live?