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Title: Asparagus
Post by: claws on May 04, 2020, 09:56:53 PM
Since I'm living in a country that worships asparagus I'll have to ask, do you like asparagus?

Here in Germany people go bats**t crazy over asparagus.

Asparagus season starts in mid April and ends in mid June. Per capita consumption of asparagus in Germany (83 million) is 1,5 kg (3 lbs) every year.

They only like white asparagus, usually steamed and served with potatoes, ham and sauce hollandaise


I don't like the texture of (warm) white asparagus. They're wet, kind of heavy and have a weird soapy taste. Even worse asparagus taints your pee with a stinkbomb like odor.

I'm always baffled why Germans love asparagus so much. They even crown their own asparagus queen(s) every year. This is like Midsommar nightmare fuel:


What's your take on asparagus?

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: retrorussell on May 04, 2020, 11:24:35 PM
Nearly every green vegetable gets a big thumbs down from me.  Celery, lettuce, green onions, green peppers and green beans are among the few exceptions.  Asparagus definitely gets a big fat "no thanks".

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Alex on May 05, 2020, 02:47:55 AM
Kristi makes a fantastic asparagus wrapped in bacon.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 05, 2020, 08:58:55 AM
I can't eat it. I have an aversion. Last time I choked some down to be polite I felt like I was going to publicly vomit, so I have avoided it ever since.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: RCMerchant on May 05, 2020, 09:08:22 AM
I worked at Honee Bear Canning for about 30 years...we cooked and canned and bottled that s**t from April to July. I worked in the fields picking it when I was a kid too. I can't stand the sight of it.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: chefzombie on May 05, 2020, 06:23:34 PM
nope, no way, no how, can't stand the stuff.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: claws on May 05, 2020, 06:43:54 PM
I was wondering how asparagus is usually prepared in other countries. Is it mostly a side dish? It seems like Americans prefer (grilled) green asparagus, and not as a main dish (during asparagus season) like here in Germany.

They call it "white gold" here and it is labelled a delicacy  :lookingup:

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: bob on May 05, 2020, 06:55:50 PM

good stuff  :thumbup:

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Newt on May 05, 2020, 07:17:44 PM
Love it!  We planted a bed of it when we moved to the farm almost 30 years ago.  I was just out there checking on the first sprouts of the season.   :smile: 

The taste fresh-picked is better than what you can get in a supermarket.  It also grows wild around here and people pick it (everybody has their favourite/secret patch, it seems).   Generally it is served steamed, with a bit of butter.  And yes as a side or vegetable with a meal.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Allhallowsday on May 05, 2020, 08:03:37 PM
You guys are funny.  REV :  :thumbup:  NEWT :  :thumbup: 

I can eat asparagus and do, but I'm no fan, and I've often wondered about those exquisite asparagus wrapped with prosciutto thingees that people actually eat.  I mean slimy stringy with stringy raw shaved... not a fan.   

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: ER on May 05, 2020, 08:28:18 PM
It takes two years to grow, and my thinking is that's nature's way of trying our patience to keep us from eating that questionable stuff. It's like green beans and evil had a baby.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Paquita on May 05, 2020, 10:20:29 PM
I only tried it recently.  The first time I had it, it was stringy and tasted like dirt and just fueled my belief that vegans are masochists, but then I had it again when my sister made it and it was NOT stringy and it was really good.  I don't know if I had a bad batch the first time, or if it was my sister's awesome cooking that made the second time really good.  I think I could be friends with asparagus.

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 06, 2020, 07:44:02 AM
I do love the short film "Asparagus"...


Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: LilCerberus on May 06, 2020, 11:39:01 AM

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: claws on April 26, 2022, 11:55:50 AM
Asparagus season is in full swing again here in Germany and like every year it is annoying because that's the only thing people are talking about. Even at work  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: Ash on April 26, 2022, 12:22:44 PM
Eating asparagus is like eating slimy alien tentacle bits. Yuck!

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: RCMerchant on April 26, 2022, 12:33:07 PM
Even the smell of it makes me want to retch.  :hatred:
It looks like the monster from IT CONQUERED THE WORLD's pecker!

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Oh yeah- hey Ash!  :thumbup:

Title: Re: Asparagus
Post by: El Misfit on April 26, 2022, 03:49:18 PM
I am not a fan of asparagus at all. Ive had it raw and cooked, neither were good imo. Eating it made me want to chomp down some celery sticks instead of asparagus.