It is the time of the year, mid May, you can find White Asparagus in almost every Restaurant in Germany. Spargel are in soups, salads and covered with Bechamel sauce (see recipe below).
White Asparagus is home to warm or moderate regions of southern and central Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, especially on river banks. He is cultivated in several cultivars as a vegetable plant.
One distinguishes between white (Spargel) and green asparagus. In the former, the shoot axes are harvested before they reach the earth’s surface. Depending on the region, the asparagus shoots are harvested in Europe from March to June and are highly prized as a vegetable. In Germany today the consumption of pale white asparagus prevails. In English-speaking countries its the green asparagus is preferred.
I had the best experience with Copper pans. They don’t stick and are super easy to clean. You can order them below:
To make a Cheese Sauce: Stir in 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking, along with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Asparagus has long been known as a vegetable and medicinal plant. In China, asparagus plants (relatives of the present vegetable asparagus) were already prescribed over 5000 years ago for cough, bladder problems and ulcers. The Egyptians used it 4,500 years ago, Greeks and Romans knew it already in the 2nd century BC. The Roman author Columella mentions it in his book De re rustica. As a medicinal plant preferred wild-growing asparagus, which was already mentioned in Hippocrates of Kos and Dioscorides diuretic and laxative acting and should help against jaundice. With these indications he was used until the 19th century.
With the Romans and their culture, the asparagus probably also found its way across the Alps (in Trier in 1994 a leaden price tag for asparagus from the 2nd century found). With the decline of Roman culture, asparagus cultivation disappeared. Only for the 16th century, the cultivation is proven again – asparagus was then considered an expensive delicacy in aristocratic circles. In the past, the root was recognized as a remedy; the seeds were used as a coffee supplement