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How to stay sane in asparagus season

How to stay sane in asparagus season
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It's that time of year again: the asparagus harvest has officially begun in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein. The green and white stalks will be everywhere for weeks - but how can you introduce some variety to this German traditional specialty?

Although farmers across Germany reported damage to their crops last week thanks to Hurricane Niklas, and the unseasonable cold has damaged more, there's still sure to be plenty of asparagus to go around.

The Franconian Spargel Famers' Association says that it will be around two weeks before there's a large harvest lading down the shelves at your local grocery store.

But that's no reason not to get ahead by preparing a range of recipes for Germany's most-produced vegetable.

The country grew 114,000 tonnes of the green and white stuff in 2014, with the biggest asparagus-producing states being Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The season continues until June 24th, so have your cookbooks ready, your ovens pre-heated and your tastebuds primed.

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