|Spargel soup! Tasty, but very mild.|
-White Spargel must be peeled; the outside is rather chewy. Peel it from just below the tip down to the stem. The thicker the white Spargel is, the more of the outside must be peeled off.
-Grown under a pile of earth, white Spargel is colored as such because it is not exposed to light before it is harvested. It was available in Germany starting in the 19th century. It is milder tasting than green asparagus. Honestly, it doesn't have much of a taste to me, but I find German cooking is blander than what I'm accustomed to so maybe it's a taste preference here.
-Green asparagus has more flavor, a high chlorophyll content, more vitamin C and more carotene than the other colors (white and violet). I personally prefer green asparagus, myself.
-There are different classes of asparagus, from Klasse Extra/I, which is the highest quality, to Klasse II, that meets the minimum standards. The higher the class, the higher the price.
-There is a lot of asparagus-growin' going on around Mannheim and Heidelberg. Schwetzingen, near both cities, has a nice castle and claims to be the asparagus capitol of the world. Good for them!
-Don't cook Spargel in an aluminum pot; they react negatively and turn the Spargel gray.
So, there you go! Definitely give some Spargel a try! It's really big in Germany during the spring, and is prepared in many different ways from being served whole with butter or Hollandaise sauce, to being made into soups and other tasty treats. In fact, green Spargel is good even raw! My favorite way to eat it is to lightly toss green asparagus with some olive oil, sea salt, and to bake it in the oven.