Schwetzingen celebrates spargel this Saturday
Germany's "royal vegetable," white Spargel (asparagus), is celebrated during the short harvest season from April to June. At the center of the party is Schwetzingen, a small town between Mannheim and Heidelberg that is called the “asparagus capital of the world” because of the perfect soil and climate for growing Spargel. According to the city's official website, white asparagus originated in the gardens of Schwetzingen Palace in the 17th century.
Every other year, Schwetzingen hosts a huge festival to celebrate the vegetable. In 2016, the event is June 11 from 10 a.m. to midnight. The old town will be packed with vendors selling a variety of spargel dishes, so bring your appetite.
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