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A plate of white asparagus at Einstein unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte

Asparagus in Berlin: A Short Guide

We’re in the midst of Spargelzeit, the high time of German obsession with white asparagus. And though one shouldn’t start a post with a disclaimer, I can’t avoid it – because I’m wary about joining the pale stalk craze. Neither do I count the days to when the first roots show up, nor is this the only veg I eat until June 24th. In fact, I’m rather critical about this obsession, since the increasing demand leads to asparagus monocultures, infinite fields covered in plastic foil (sometimes even artificially heated!), and loads of cases of unfair and abusive working conditions for the harvesters. So be cautious about the source of your asparagus, buy it on markets from trustworthy vendors and ask about the conditions, rather than shop the pale stalks at the supermarket. However, although this is a necessary disclaimer, I will tell you that a well prepared dish of white asparagus with sauce hollandaise and young potatoes with some parsley is actually a joy to eat. So due to many people asking, here are three prime places to try this quintessential German dish.