German food culture, from the asparagus to the potato

German food culture, from the asparagus to the potato

ti cooking culture autor Christoph Hauser provides food for thought about our habits of consumption and a delicious idea on how to prepare potatoes

Asparagus is probably the only vegetable of which people know the exact season. The asparagus season ends on the 24th of June, Midsummer Day. That much we know. But when does it start? From that point in time when the soil is warm enough to allow the tips of the white asparagus to peek out. Or from that point in time in which ground heating on the fields makes the asparagus shoot up?
And what about potatoes? The small, young ones with the thin skins? They are gradually becoming ripe now. And yet I've been seeing them for weeks. The ones from Egypt. And here is where people's lack of patience is really noticeable.

This is how these potatoes are produced:

Irrigation and fertilization systems are installed in sandy African ground. These systems require 428 litres of Egyptian water per kilogramme of potatoes. Germany imports 130,000 tonnes of potatoes. This means that, essentially, Germany is importing 55,640,000,000 litres of water from Africa! These potatoes are transported in the kind of sturdy plastic bags also used to transport paving stones. Peat is used as a filler. Since peat is not harvested in Egypt, but rather in Ireland, it begs the question as to why such irrevocable destruction of land and CO2 emissions are accepted for the transport. The answer: because the potatoes are supposed to look like they've been growing in dirt, not in sand!

International environmental protection– it's this easy:

The carbon footprint of a single imported potato from southerly countries thus weighs in at more than 500 mg per kilo in comparison to the 3 mg/kg of regional potato farming. Germany itself produces 11 million tonnes of potatoes per year, whereby only a certain percentage is destined to become table potatoes, while the majority is transformed, using even more energy, into potato starch, further processed products, flours, etc.
What would international environmental protection look like?

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