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By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 20, 2012, 9:16 a.m.
European Asparagus Museum

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European Asparagus Museum

Exalted edible: A popular vegetable side dish with mysterious urine-altering effects

Location: Schrobenhausen, Germany

An elegant, vegetarian alternative to Berlin’s Deutsches Currywurst Museum, the European Asparagus Museum in the Bavarian town of Schrobenhausen delights visitors with everything and anything spargel, the slender spring vegetable otherwise known as white asparagus. In fact, all of Germany is crazy about white asparagus — often dubbed Königsgemüse or the “royal vegetable" — and there are several spargelfests (asparagus festivals) held each spring; one even involves the coronation of an Asparagus Queen (how’d you like to add that to your CV?). At the European Asparagus Museum, founded in 1985, spargel worshipers can pay tribute to the nutritious national vegetable by perusing art, recipes, curiosities, agricultural equipment, historical documents and more.