World Cuisine - Germany
When we think about German cuisine, we may immediately think of sauerkraut and sausages. Of course those are irresistibly wonderful, but did you know that right now we are in the Spargelzeit, a season of white asparagus, when Germans go crazy over white asparagus and consume over 4pounds average per person during the time from late April into late June?
How did this get started? The Greek culture help spread asparagus and many other vegetables to Europe. It was not until the reign of Louis XIV the French Sun King, who grew asparagus in hot houses for his year round enjoyment, that asparagus regained popularity in Europe as a luxury vegetable reserved for the tables of nobles and the various royal courts. Then in 16th century Germany ‘Spargel’ began to be cultivated around Stuttgart, and gained a nickname, ‘The Royal Vegetable’, because, as in France, it was only available to the nobility. Nevertheless Germany’s love affair with asparagus had begun. Now, There are multiple ‘White Asparagus Menu’s’ in five star restaurants and local pubs, asparagus competitions with Kings and Queens judged and crowned by the size of the asparagus stalk they have either grown or bought, asparagus peeling contests, asparagus seminars and cooking courses, festivals, tours, road side asparagus booths and of course a choice of ‘Asparagus Routes’.
Here is a traditional, delicious and easy spargel recipe. Enjoy some delicious, new experience with some white asparagus!!
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