Do you know that in Holland we have white gold in the ground? And that eating this white gold improves your libido? That is why the Dutch love eating asparagus.
Dutch asparagus are harvested in the south part in Holland. In Noord Brabant and Limburg the sandy soil is very suitable for growing this delicacy. We eat this delicious food only in Spring. It is a typical seasonal product. But you can also freeze to eat them later, so do not worry about your love life even when there are no fresh asparagus!
History of aspargus
Did you know that our white asparagus are in fact Egyptian? Over 5000 years ago, the farao’s liked aspergus. They used it as vegetable, medicine and love drink.
In the late nineteenth century, the Dutch imported this vegetable to Holland. Asparagus were harvested in the sandy grounds and dunes of Bergen op Zoom in Brabant. Labour was very cheap, and soon it became a delicacy. Never thought that Holland was a cheap labour country like India, right?
In 20th century, Limburg also cultivated the white asparagus. The Limburg asparagus are famous for the special, delicate taste.
Eating aspargus is healthy for you. Asparagus is low in calories and contains many vitamines and minerals. B6, C, E and K, iron: it is all-in there and makes you strong! Traditionally, we eat them from the 1st week of april until June
Typical Dutch asparagus
Many Dutch use also the nickname “the queen of darkness” when they talk about cultivated white asparagus.
In Holland, asparagus are not exposed to sunlight. They stay underground and remain white. And underground, in the darkness, there you can find our queens of darkness. We cut and dig them up carefully, these treasuries from the soil.
Of course, you can buy them at the supermarket or at the grocery shop. But it is really fun to go to Limburgs countryside and buy this great food directly at the farmer.
In restaurants you can eat asparagus as fine dining. At home, we eat them as typical Dutchmen: fresh, no nonsense and straight forward. Simply cook them, add some eggs and ham, or combine with potatoes and Hollandaise sauce: it is like heaven on earth!
And now you also know our hidden secret, right? After dinner, the asparagus after party gives really added value when you meet your queen of darkness!