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The 18th century French botanist Louis Lémery wrote that asparagus causes "a filthy and disagreeable smell in the urine, as everybody knows." Not everybody, Louis. Not everybody. Getty Images/imageBROKER RF hide caption

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White asparagus is the preferred variety in Germany, where it's commonly known as "white gold." When the vegetable is in season, there's a flurry of excitement — representative of the nation's enthusiasm for seasonal eating. John-Erik Jordan hide caption

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In Germany, Seasonal Eating As Way Of Life — And Excuse To Celebrate

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From the botanical to the economic, spring's iconic vegetable still harbors surprises. Sharon Mollerus/Flickr hide caption

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Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise

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