The First Asparagus Picking NK Posted by Sten on May 29, 2016 in Culture, Dutch Vocabulary, News
Yesterday, the first Nederlands Kampioenschap (NK) (Dutch Championship) asperges steken (picking asparagus). Deelnemers (participants) from the twelve Dutch provinces competed on the aspergekwekerij (asparagus farm) Boereblij in Blaricum, province Noord-Holland (North Holland).
Last year, we covered the first NK tegenwindfietsen. The Dutch like to invent creative championships to compete against each other!
The deelnemers had 15 minutes to pick asperges on a strip of 80 meters (ca. 27 ft) of akker (field). The deelnemer that picks most asperges in weight in that time, wins. Besides the honor of receiving the title Nederlands Kampioen Asperge (best asparagus picker of the Netherlands) for a year, the winner can also pick a Michelin restaurant of choice for a fancy dinner!
Mariëlle Bakker, organiser and host of the kampioenschap, says about the technique to be applied: “Een goede steker zoekt het kopje van de asperge, steekt dan in één keer onder de grond en trekt de asperge voorzichtig eruit” (a good picker looks for the head of the asparagus, picks then in one time underground and then carefully pulls the asparagus out).
The challenge comes in time with the start of the aspergeseizoen (asparagus season). It is a very popular groente (vegetable) in the Netherlands, and there are many aspergegerechten (asparagus dishes) that the Dutch eat. How do we prepare asperges traditionally in the Netherlands? The kok (chef) in the video below can explain it quite well!
Here is a Dutch recipe you can follow to prepare Asperges à la Flamande, the traditional way with eggs and potatoes.
Het witte goud
Asperges are also called wit goud (white gold), because back in the day, asperges were extremely expensive. Also today, they are relatively expensive, but not that expensive anymore. Stil, they are known by that name!
Curious how to pick asperges? Watch it in this video:
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