Asparagus season is a highly anticipated time in Europe, running from late April to June. It holds a particularly special place in Germany, where the seasonal vegetable is deeply rooted in the country’s culinary culture. Germans celebrate “Spargelzeit” (literally, “asparagus time”) with great enthusiasm, and the arrival of tender green or white spears is met with excitement each year. During this period, both restaurants and home cooks in Germany create special menus and dishes featuring asparagus, making it a much-loved ingredient throughout the country.
Green or White: Which Asparagus Reigns Supreme?
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that comes in a variety of colors, including green, white, and even purple. Green asparagus is the most common variety and is typically harvested above ground, where it gets its green color from exposure to sunlight.
White asparagus, on the other hand, is grown underground and is covered with soil as it grows. This prevents the asparagus from turning green as it lacks exposure to sunlight. As a result, white asparagus has a milder and slightly sweeter taste than green asparagus, with a tender and delicate texture.
White asparagus is especially popular in Germany, where it is often served in traditional dishes. It is typically peeled to remove the tough outer layer, then boiled or steamed until tender and served with butter, hollandaise sauce, or a vinaigrette.
Asparagus season is here, so it is the perfect time to explore new recipes and flavors. Here are three ways to enjoy asparagus during its peak season.
Asparagus and Wine: The Perfect Pairing for an Appetizing Start
Asparagus is a delicious and healthy vegetable that pairs perfectly with a glass of California wine. When you crave a change-up from plain steamed or roasted asparagus, try them this way: on top of crunchy toast with warm, creamy goat cheese and a dollop of fragrant pesto.
Serve as a hearty appetizer at a dinner party or enjoy for lunch with a green salad. The roasted asparagus adds a delicious smoky flavor, while the warm goat cheese provides a creamy contrast. Topping it off with the pistachio pesto brings a burst of nutty and herbal flavors that perfectly complement the dish. Pair this bruschetta with a crisp California Riesling, California rosé or California Sauvignon Blanc, and you have a winning combination that’s sure to impress your guests.
Grilled Fish on a Bed of Tender Green Asparagus: A Match Made in Culinary Heaven
Alaska seafood and green asparagus are two ingredients that make for a perfect pairing.
Alaska pollock, which is found in the North Pacific Ocean, is a member of the cod family and is known for its mild, delicate flavor and flaky texture. Green asparagus, on the other hand, offers a nutty and slightly sweet flavor that compliments the seafood perfectly. The fish is a great source of protein and is low in calories, making it a healthy option for those looking to maintain a balanced diet.
A delightful way to combine and prepare Alaska pollock and green asparagus is by grilling or roasting the fish and cooking the vegetable. Preparing the Grilled Alaska Pollock Filet on Green Asparagus Salad is a bit time consuming, but worth the effort. The fish is seasoned with diced paprika, anise and salt, wrapped with a leaf of Chinese cabbage and tightly roasted over medium heat. Served with the marinated asparagus, pine nuts and a chilli infused salsa, this mouthwatering dish is both full of flavor and lots of valuable nutrients.
Uncovering the Secret World of White Asparagus: Discover the Delicate Flavor of this Seasonal Treat
While green asparagus is the more common and popular variety, white asparagus offers a unique flavor and is a popular ingredient in European cuisine. It can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, salads, pastas, and even omelets.
Roasted asparagus with U.S. Cranberries and walnuts is a simple, yet flavorful dish that can be made in minutes. The roasted white asparagus is tossed with tagliatelle, peas, walnuts and juicy U.S. Cranberries. Parmesan cheese and basil round this Cranberry Asparagus Pasta dish up and make it a perfect, quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Whether you prefer green or white asparagus, these versatile vegetables can add a delicious touch to any meal. From simple grilled asparagus to more elaborate dishes like asparagus risotto or roasted asparagus salad, there are endless ways to incorporate this vegetable into your cooking. Don’t forget to pair your asparagus dishes with the perfect wine to enhance the flavors and make your meal even more enjoyable. So go ahead and experiment with this delicious and nutritious vegetable, and discover new and exciting ways to add it to your culinary repertoire.