If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Germany in the springtime, it’s that there’s one thing that hasn’t made it into the list of common German stereotypes: their obsession with asparagus.* For a short time around April-May, little booths spring up around town, selling nothing but asparagus. In front of every restaurant a chalkboard sign screams asparagus specials at passerby – get ‘em while they last! I enjoy asparagus as much as the average person, but I’ve attempted to buy into the limited-time-only mania. I’m currently making my way through an asparagus-ice cream sundae. I figured, this isn’t your average ice cream flavor, but it turns out that the strangely sweet first bite with bitter asparagus aftertaste isn’t really my thing. Spargelzeit (or, literally, “Asparagus Time”) is an interesting phenomenon, a time that everyone looks forward to so that they can consume their years’ worth of asparagus in a few weeks’ time (I mean, come on – there’s even a special word for it). I don’t know how much longer it’ll last, but I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be mad when Spargelzeit ends.
* Disclaimer: this is kind of an exaggeration…but, only slightly.