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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Spargel Trax Volume 1
Label: Spargel Trax
Format: 12” Only (Coloured White Vinyl)
Release Date: 23/04/12
Tracklist (Artist – Track Title)
A1: Herbaceous - Love Tips
A2: Spargel-Tarzan - Sauce Hollandaise
B1: Slazenger's People - Basel Piss Test
B2: Lily - Dollen Haze
Nothing spells the beginning of Spring like the fresh taste of Spargel, or in English, asparagus. Many German cities hold an annual Spargelfest (asparagus festival) celebrating the harvest of white asparagus. Schwetzingen claims to be the Asparagus Capital of the World and during its festival an Asparagus Queen is crowned. The Bavarian city of Nuremberg feasts a week long in April, with a competition to find the fastest asparagus peeler in the region. This usually involves generous amounts of the local wines and beer being consumed to aid the spectators' appreciative support.
Asparagus is very popular in the Netherlands, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland, and almost exclusively white — else, it is specified by the local language term for green asparagus. Compared to the latter, the locally cultivated so-called white gold or edible ivory, also referred to as the royal vegetable, is less bitter and much more tender. Freshness is highly regarded, and it must be peeled before cooking or raw consumption.