Schwetzingen Local Customs

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    White Asparagus - Why is it important?

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Asparagus Seller
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    I was amazed to learn that 70,000 tons of White Asparagus is produced in Germany. Most of the asparagus is grown in the area known as the asparagus triangle which includes Mannheim, Hiedelberg and of course its central source around Schwetzingen. The soil is light and sandy and is perfect for moulding around the plants to stop the sunlight from turning the vegetable green. It is known as the Royal Vegetable also Spargel in German. I thought it funny when I found out white asparagus heralds the beginning of Spring here in Schwetzingen - a vegetable equivelant of a crocus = a good reason for the Asparagus Festival held here in this old town every Spring.

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    They make you wear funny footwear

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Bath House was built in the eighteenth century and provided the Grand Duke with some private space. The whole interior has been recently renovated so before entering we had to put on a pair of slippers - one size fits all ha ha! I have tiny feet and when I tried walking the slippers kept slipping off - no pun intended. In the end I just had to shuffle my way around but still managed to see the beautiful statues and art work within. In particular the marble floors are stunning and could easily be damaged by outdoor shoes so the slippers have a good purpose. Please note photography and video is prohibited in side the Bath House.

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    The End of the Earth or just an illusion

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Fairy Tale
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    Imagine coming out of your bath to see this scenic place through the colourful arches intwined with ivy and vine. You might think you have been transported to a distant land, Ingrid called it her Patigonia, but our other guide laughed and remarked that it is just an illusion. Well Germany is famed for its Fairy Tales which surprise and delight - as does the pretty arch and its illusion of a far off place - which if you walk a bit further you will see the reality for yourself!

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    White Asparagus

    by Kathrin_E Updated May 9, 2009
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    Worshipping white asparagus is almost a cult in certain regions of Germany. The area around Mannheim, Schwetzingen, Heidelberg, Bruchsal with its sandy soils is one of Germany's big producers of asparagus.

    The cultivation of asparagus in Schwetzingen started in the 18th century. In the beginning the vegetable was grown exclusively for the kitchen of the Electoral court. Asparagus culture has later spread both to the fields and the plates of the whole region.

    The asparagus season starts, depending on weather conditions, some time in April and ends on St John Baptist, June 24. Asparagus season is celebrated as some kind of cult. All restaurants offer special asparagus dishes. Every club or group will organize a "Spargelessen" at a restaurant, a social event that mainly involves - guess what - the consumation of asparagus.

    Asparagus is traditionally served with new potatoes, sauce hollandaise or butter, and ham or bacon. A Baden speciality are thin pancakes with fresh herbs.

    Local asparagus is on sale at the market in Schlossplatz. If you want to buy asparagus, check if it is really fresh: when rubbing two asparagus sticks together they must squeak.

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