We’ve just returned from a lovely trip through Southern and Western Germany where we met charming people, enjoyed fine music and saw sensational art and architecture…..and white asparagus. The Germans call it Spargelzeit, which means asparagus season, but I thinks a more apt name would be Frenzied Consumption and Worship of White Vegetable Season.
I want you people to know that I am not jaded about seasonal vegetables. HOB and I shop at farmer’s markets and joyfully prepare and eat local produce. Yet, I was unprepared for the markets, large and small, each abundantly piled with white asparagus, diners crowding outdoor cafes downing plates of white asparagus, asparagus on the covers of magazines like supermodels, well, you get the idea.
Germans, please explain, why is all the asparagus white, and why the manic excitement over this particular vegetable? Also, if you have a good white asparagus recipe, please share–I am eager to become a convert to the Spargelzeit.