This traditional way how to cook asparagus, aka Spargel, is so popular in Germany. White asparagus is the most common type that's sold. It's different than the normal green asparagus and needs to be treated differently. It must be peeled and cooked longer ... and most Germans will say that it's the best asparagus there is.
In fact, when it's asparagus season (springtime), most German restaurants have special 'asparagus menus' and the featured dish, is the one shown above. Serve the cooked asparagus with boiled potatoes, ham, and Hollandaise sauce. You'll also find the recipe for the sauce below.
When it's asparagus season in Germany, you can find it for sale in every market and roadside stands. It really does come in all shapes and sizes as shown below. The main type sold is the white one. Green and purple asparagus is available, but most only buy the white, claiming that it's the most flavorful.
If you can't get the white asparagus, or it's too expensive, then do use the green one for the meal above. You only need to break off the tough ends and cook for a bit shorter time. Personally, I really, really like the green asparagus. :)
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