Monday, January 17, 2011

Seasonal Foods

In Germany I notice more seasonal foods...or maybe I notice them because they are novel to me. There is Spargel (Asparagus) season, Cherry Season, Plum Season, etc.

However, one must be very careful: There is a big difference between




I much prefer Krapfen time. Krapfen are like jelly donuts, but they can have various fillings such as Baileys Liquor, Eier Liquor (Eggnog Liquor), Nougat (like Nutella) and various jellies as well.

In Bavaria, Krapfen are mainly prepared and eaten during the days and weeks before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. This period of time is called Mardi Gras or Carnival, and in German, it's known as Fasching.

There are many explanations as to why Krapfen are eaten primarily during this time of year, but most accounts attribute it to diet. As early as the middle ages, these sweet, fat-laden treats were eaten by the faithful in order to bulk up before 40 days of fasting during Lent.


1 comment:

vicki said...

Actually, Fasching is the term used in southern Germany. In northern Germany, they say Karneval, and in Cologne and Dusseldorf, they put our celebrations to shame. If you get a chance, try to go to Cologne for the HUGE parade on Rosenmontag.