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Asparagus the Dutch way (Asperges op z’n Hollands)


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Early in the last century a priest, who was looking for a way to make money for his poor parishioners from the sandy soil in his parish, brought the white asparagus to the province of Limburg. Nowadays in Limburg as well as in Brabant there is an Asparagus Society which is organising peeling competitions and asparagus feasts. An asparagus museum in Horst explains everything about cultivation. From the middle of May the ‘asparagus road’ N271 in Limburg is dotted with stalls and restaurants specialising in asparagus. A solemn mass is celebrated in St Jan’s Cathedral in ‘s Hertogenbosch on June 24 to bid the vegetable farewell: Houdoe asperge!


Wine: Most wine lovers do not know about it, but in our northerly country you find several vineyards. The largest and most famous is the yard of the family Hulst at the steep Louwberg near Maastricht. It is called De Apostelhoeve (Farm of the Apostles), which is also the name of the wine, which was awarded many prizes at international tastings. Under this label four beautiful white wines are offered, which can compete with the Rhine and Alsace wines from which they are derived: the posh Müller Thurgau, the piquant Auxerrois, the supple Riesling and the Pinot Gris for lingering at the table. My personal choice with Dutch asparagus is the Riesling.