May 27, 2013

Asparagus Gratine: The Asparagus Way Into The German's Heart

For Germans the Spargelzeit, or the white asparagus season, is an eagerly anticipated sign of spring. Depending on the weather, the season for asparagus begins some time in April and lasts until St. John the Baptist’s feast day June 24, and during this time the country is gripped by ‘Asparagus Fever’. From seasonal asparagus dishes to the white asparagus queen award - there's quite a bit of the history that goes back as far as the Greek and Romans...
"Asparagus Gratine" seasonal dish at the Knochenhauer restaurant in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony: served with the potato pancake, ham and Hollandaise sauce.

Having spent quite some time in Germany during the pick of the season, I've learned a lot about the history and tradition of the white asparagus season. Read here to find out why Germans call white asparagus "white gold".

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