The third largest of the 16 German Federal states, Baden-Württemberg is bordered by Hesse, Bavaria, and Rhineland Palatinate, as well as Switzerland and France.
Although about half of its land is used for agriculture, this area is known as the centre of Europe's high-tech industry and is among the most prosperous and wealthiest regions in Europe.
It is the second most popular tourist destination having the Black Forest (Schwartzwald) and Swabian Alp regions, the Neckartal Valley and Lake Constance (Bodensee) as well as the Allgäu.
With a wealth of art and culture and over 2,000 nature and landscape conservation areas, this region also boasts mineral spas and over 1,000 museums.
To top that, there are more Michelin-star-rated restaurants in this region than in any other German state.
Why is it called the "Sunny Side of Germany"?
This southwestern state of Germany has the more sunshine than the rest. A great place to live and to visit! A great place to enjoy the traditional foods of Germany!
Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a hint. There's a whole festival dedicated to it and it can be white, or green. That's right, it's good ol' asparagus, or, Spargel!
Baden-Württemberg is the home to two of the most famous asparagus-producing spots in all of Germany, which lie close to the asparagus capital of the world, Heidelberg.
Asparagus has been a huge part of German culture, especially in the southern regions. As for that festival as mentioned earlier, it IS real! Dozens of asparagus farmers and townspeople gather together in a celebration of the bountiful white asparagus harvest. Although white asparagus is the most famous type in Germany, there are many recipes that can be made with green or white, and all are delicious!
Have your own celebration at home with these lecker asparagus recipes! :
Here we have my granddaughter's air-fried asparagus made conveniently in the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven! Roasted to yummy perfection with parmesan and bacon. This is a great recipe to make to honor that Baden-Württemberg's asparagus tradition.
Cheese Spätzle is a traditional German way of serving this favorite German noodle. Using either the homemade recipe or store-bought noodles, the resulting dinner is delicious.
Follow my recipe below to serve them in a delicious Cheese Spätzle casserole. It's German "Mac & Cheese" only better! Really. Here's how to make it.
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