Spargelzeit….the asparagus season. Discovering White Asparagus was on our menu for today. Our meal last night featured this German delicacy and our trip today was filled with visual tidbits. Germans love this spring dish and it was available at pretty much any German restaurant.
How the heck do you get white asparagus? Coat each stalk with sun screen? Well, first you peddle from Heidelberg to Worms (a German town in this case) and stop when you see a Spargel farmer. He explains that the crop is covered with plastic, thereby eliminating exposure to sunlight and continues to grow a creamy white stalk. After harvesting it is loaded into trucks and hauled to market.
Even bronze sculptures are part of Spargelzeit.
Besides discovering asparagus we had a lovely day pedaling our 45 km. to the Asgard Hotel in Worms. ‘Con trails’ lighting up the sky and an autobahn full of parked semitrailers waiting for some unknown traffic eruption to disperse were evidence of the busy German economy.
Lunch, coffee and market stops filled some non-pedaling time.
I really tried hard to avoid this picture but the 9 year old child in me was too much to ignore. Especially when the translation from German is ‘Exit’.
Gas prices seem to consume many people as we fight to find the cheapest outlet. Try this on for size realizing that today’s conversion is 1 Cad. $ = .66 Euro