An Authoritative Guide to German Foods and Cuisine

baerlauch_gnocchi5Those Wild Garlic Parties…

The zesty spring known as Bärlauch (bear’s leek) in German, goes by many names in English, most commonly ramps, but also buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wild leeks, wood garlic or bear’s garlic.  The specific name derives from the fact that brown bears like to eat the bulbs of the plant and dig up the ground to get at them. In recent years, Bärlauch has seen an unprecedented spike in popularity among consumers in Germany and has found its way into cuisine mainstream and onto supermarket shelves. Ramps can be found in different cheeses, sausages and cold-cuts, in bread and pasta and an immensely popular version of pesto (Bärlauchpesto) … read more

Recipe Collection – Spring Salads

Waldmeister - BowleRefreshing Waldmeister Bowle

The Waldmeister Bowle is a refreshing alcoholic punch traditionally drunk in celebration of fertility and the spirits of the forest. In the Middle Ages, this drink was hailed as aphrodisiac (perhaps these ages were not so dark after all). The main flavor ingredient is sweet woodruff or in German Waldmeister (literally: master of the woods), native to Europe and Asia, and available as an herb and attractive groundcover in North America. With a dash of Waldmeister Syrup, you can flavor a great Maybowle, made with white wine, champagne and any ingredient of your choice. Read More…

sq_Spargel2Spargelzeit in Germany

Just as apples mark the fall season, nothing epitomizes spring quite like the revered white stalks of Spargel (Asparagus). The green variety is clearly more popular in North America, because it’s available in supermarkets year-round. Germans prefer the seasonal white variety. The difference:  white asparagus grows entirely surrounded by earth which protects the slender stalk from sunlight exposure and thereby keeps it from turning green. This also affects the vegetable’s subtle flavor. Rich in nutrients and very low in calories, asparagus is also a very healthy food. Check out our recipes, travel tips and German condiments  … read more.