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Lower Saxony Asparagus Route

Listed under Harvests & Food Festivals in Lower Saxony, Germany.

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With cultivation traceable all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, asparagus is known to have been a popular vegetable, and with the rule of Louis XIV it grew into a luxury item. Spargelzeit, Germany’s asparagus season, produces around 60,000 tons of asparagus each year, running from mid-April to mid-June. One-fifth of all this production comes from Germany’s enchanting northwest region of  Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).

The 750-kilometre 'asparagus route' takes visitors through the Braunschweig region, Hannover, Lüneburg Heath, the Middle Weser, and the Oldenburger Münsterland region, all full of beautiful forests, vast meadows, and undisturbed ponds and moors. Tours offer visitors the opportunity to watch asparagus cutters at work and enjoy some good food along the way. Germans tend to prefer the flavour of the white variety of asparagus, grown completely surrounded by soil, protecting it from sunlight and therefore keeping it from turning green. The knee-high banks of soil surrounding the asparagus give the fields their unique appeal. Whether or not you’re an ardent lover of asparagus, the region of Lower Saxony is not one to miss during this well-known season, and it’s a good way to explore new, distinct recipes for the tasty vegetable.

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Written by  Allison Hansen.

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