Summer is in the air, and so is white asparagus

Flowers in our backyard

Flowers growing in our backyardSpring time in Germany has proven to be prettier and more beautiful than anything I could have imagined. For a florist this country would be a dream come true. I have never seen such a wide range of flowers before, and I never knew how many trees could bloom flowers until living here. Have you ever seen a magnolia before? Wow, so pretty. And what I thought were less than pretty vines in our back yard turned out to have beautiful flowers blooming from them. The weather has been what you could expect. Nice, warm sunny days mixed with cool days lingering from winter. TJ's family visited a few weeks back and the weather couldn't have been better. It was sunny and warm every day they were here. Of course on the day they left it became chilly and rainy. But since then there have been days reaching into the 90's and cooler days (like today). 

This time of year is also home to Spargel. Spargel means asparagus, in this case it's white asparagus, and has a different taste from it's green counterpart. It gets it's white color from deprivation of light and is a bit milder and softer. I personally like it much better. It is highly seasonal though, so it will only be around for about 10 weeks.

Spargel season generally starts in April and ends on St. John's Day, June 24. Restarants all over have special Spargel menus, with items such as Spargel suppe (soup) and dishes pairing berries and meats with the white asparagus. Spargel is also usually served with Hollandaise sauce. Yum!! There are even spargel festivals, although if you've read my other posts you'd find that this isn't too surprising around here. Many of the farms nearby have stands selling Spargel right from the source. 

There always seems to be a reason for celebration around here. I can't wait to see what new surprises I'll discover about living here this year!