We had witnessed the frenzy before, whilst in Germany at this time of the year, but it was fun to experience it again and fortunately, yes, we do like to eat asparagus!
It turns up on every menu, in soup, in salad, with almost every main course and, most surprising of all, in our friend Arthur's Creme Brulee! I particularly enjoyed it traditionally, with ham and boiled egg.
It's a strange plant though, and we learned a bit about it on a visit to the Asparagus Museum at De Locht, where the Stuart Singers did a short performance, together with hosts from nearby Wanssum.
The fields in this area of Limburg are impeccably tended with perfectly straight lines of sandy soil, earthed up over the precious shoots.
7.50 Euros for 5kg
And of course, accessories are available!
Strange, though, that most of these showed the more attractive green asparagus, which, though we would not have dreamed of saying so, we prefer!