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Worshipping white asparagus is almost a cult in certain regions of Germany. The area around Mannheim, Schwetzingen, Heidelberg, Bruchsal with its sandy soils is one of Germany's big producers of asparagus.
The cultivation of asparagus in Schwetzingen started in the 18th century. In the beginning the vegetable was grown exclusively for the kitchen of the Electoral court. Asparagus culture has later spread both to the fields and the plates of the whole region.
The asparagus season starts, depending on weather conditions, some time in April and ends on St John Baptist, June 24. Asparagus season is celebrated as some kind of cult. All restaurants offer special asparagus dishes. Every club or group will organize a "Spargelessen" at a restaurant, a social event that mainly involves - guess what - the consumation of asparagus.
Asparagus is traditionally served with new potatoes, sauce hollandaise or butter, and ham or bacon. A Baden speciality are thin pancakes with fresh herbs.
Local asparagus is on sale at the market in Schlossplatz. If you want to buy asparagus, check if it is really fresh: when rubbing two asparagus sticks together they must squeak.
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