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Spargelzeit Asparagus Soup Recipe
It is a classic recipe for Germany's asparagus season; White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe. "Spargelzeit", two months filled with Fruehlingswonne, "Springtime Delight", recipes made with the Royal Vegetable's white stalks, and these soups are just as delicious with green asparagus.

Germany and its Storks
Storks are among Germany's favorite wildlife. Harbingers of Spring, bringer of babies, stars of myth, superstition and a "theme route", their return to nests on cliff-ledges, rooftops, chimneys and purpose-built towers, after a winter in warmer climates, is reason for celebration.

Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries, and the regular "cleaning of everything in sight" has a name - Putzanfall. So much a passion it is even considered enjoyable, while a home, car, bicycle etc. that isn't "sparkling" often leads to anxiety and tension.

White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist. "Kirsche rot, Spargel tot – When cherries are red the asparagus is dead".

Walpurgisnacht, Maibaum and May Day in Germany
It is "Dance into May", Tanz in den Mai", in many of Germany's regions, and the fun and games begin with Walpurgisnacht, late on April 30; when "Witches" join the festivities. Then maypoles, ancient traditions and dancing deep into the first night of May round off the welcome to Spring.

German Beer, Some Fast Facts
German beer has its own "Tag des Deutschen Bieres"; Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is classified as "Food" in Bavaria; even the smallest region usually has its own brewery; it is cheaper than some mineral waters and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's Beer Culture.


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