Nestled six miles (ten kilometers) southwest of Heidelberg and nine miles (fifteen kilometers) southeast of Mannheim sits Schwetzingen. Furrylittlegnome once visited this German town with a population of less than 25,000 people and was surprised at just how seriously Germans take their asparagus. Yes, friends, gnome wrote asparagus.
Asparagas in Germany, and in other parts of Europe, is white. It is tender and less bitter than asparagus found in North America. Another difference? White asparagus must be peeled before cooking or eating raw.
Late spring is harvesting season, and soon after, asparagus is sold in market squares and is found everywhere! Asparagus dishes are the featured specials during this time of year. Spargelfest usually occurs in May. This aspargus festival features a parade and even crowns an asparagus King and Queen.
Although the Schwetzingen Castle is the main attraction here, furrylittlegnome was drawn to the bronze and weathered sculpture honoring…you guessed it…asparagus!