below: a really good salad I made with sauteed asparagus, arugula, corn, radish sprouts and feta
|in the grocery store, a display for asparagus peelers, and asparagus napkins!|
According to Wikipedia: China is the world's largest producer: in 2005 (5,906,000 tonnes), at a large distance followed by Peru (206,030 tonnes), and the United States (90,200 tonnes). ...The annual production for white asparagus in Germany is 57,000 tonnes (61% of consumer demand).
|all of the current cooking magazines have a "Spargel" issue|
Funny afterword: In the play I saw the other night (Dreigroschenoper), when the gangster Macheath is in prison, about to be hanged, they ask him what he wants for his last meal. He says "Spargel"! I couldn't believe it...I double-checked the text to make sure that was not just a joke. But it's true! Hilarious!