The season of white asparagus has come.
You start to see many signboards of white asparagus sell when Easter season begins around in the beginning of April.
The price of asparagus is usually €3 to €10 per 1kg but varies from the producing district and German one is basically pricey (I'm talking about only German market because I live in Germany.).
Foreign while asparaguses such as Greek or Spanish ones are also sold in supermarkets here and they're inexpensive. BUT they can't beat German one that tastes and smells better and stronger.
You can tell when you try it.
70% of white asparagus in market comes from Germany and most people tend to buy domestic (German) one even though it's more expensive.
I thought that white asparagus must be a sign and one of symbols of Spring as well as Easter event after long and dark Winter time of Europe and it seems special to people here more than green asparagus.
You might wonder why they eat and love white one, not green one which is a lot cheaper, and wouldn't get any specific reason.
But it's apparently special because of its production process that they spend time and effort to keep the asparagus white all the time by covering mud over it.
As you have seasonal vegetables in your country, we have ones in Japan.
Some plants or vegetables might not exist where you live but I list some seasonal food here.
In Spring : edible flower bud of the fuki (Petasites japonicus) plant called Fuki-noto, rape blossom, Spring cabbage.
In Summer : pumpkin, bitter gourd from Okinawa, beefsteak plant.
In Fall : sweet potatoes, matsutake mushroom.
In Winter : root crops, Chinese cabbage.
I've heard that you can eat fresh white asparagus in Hokkaido (Japan), we hardly see those fresh ones and have glass-bottled ones at supermarkets, we can't imagine how good they taste and why they're so popular.
Also when I first had white asparagus, though it was in Germany, they were bottled ones and had almost zero taste. I didn't understand why people love this food.
Make sure to try fresh one!
If you get a chance to fly to Germany in this season, enjoying white asparagus must be in your plan list! :D
Read more to see how we cooked and ate them this time ☟☟☟