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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 05:05
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Fifty odd years ago we lived in N. Notts and we had an asparagus bed in the garden which produced from the middle of April though most of the Summer. In those days in the UK it was considered a bit of a luxury and we mostly had it as a starter, dipping it with butter and salt.

Over here it is, currently, just another vegetable. The thing is it makes one's wee smell kind of sweet. I don't remember asparagus in the UK making that happen. Have I just forgotten or is Canadian (probably Mexican) asparagus different to UK asparagus?
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 07:00
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We have stinky wee Asparagus in UK. Apparently most people produce smelly wee after eating asparagus but only some people can smell it. Wikipedia has more detail on the chemical / biological reasons so i won't do a full repost here.
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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 09:04
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I can't say that I've ever had sweet smelling pee after consuming Asparagus in various places around the world, but perhaps there's a genetically modified strain that has lost this unfortunate side effect. Each time I do eat this vegetable (and pleasant it is) I forget the after effects and am always surprised anew at the results opon visiting the bathroom later.

It seems to make no discernible difference between green, purple or white asparagus and odour levels, but white is meant to be the healthier of the three.
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Asparagus affects me in the way the OP mentions. Beetroot has a dramatic colouring effect as well!
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Originally Posted by ChrisVJ View Post
Fifty odd years ago we lived in N. Notts and we had an asparagus bed in the garden which produced from the middle of April though most of the Summer. In those days in the UK it was considered a bit of a luxury and we mostly had it as a starter, dipping it with butter and salt.

Over here it is, currently, just another vegetable. The thing is it makes one's wee smell kind of sweet. I don't remember asparagus in the UK making that happen. Have I just forgotten or is Canadian (probably Mexican) asparagus different to UK asparagus?
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I get that smell from Asparagus regardless of the colour of it, and it does not matter if it is boiled grilled or what ever, it is always present. Asparagus is supposed to be good for you, but after over indulging in June some years ago due to the close proximity to a "pick your own" farm where I was then working I ended up with a Gout attack. I now treat it with extreme caution, though still like it a lot, but in moderation.
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Ditto, Ditto and Cranberry Juice

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Old 23rd Feb 2021, 15:16
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I occasionally notice quite a strong sweet smell while pumping ship - I haven't eaten asparagus in quite a while though, probably two years or more...

Just looked it up - hmm, shouldn't be diabetes as I had a test not long ago, but dehydration and too much coffee sound authentic! I do need to drink more fluid during the day particularly when out walking and I gather it may also help my dodgy knees a bit.
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Mr Mac,

Spending so much time in Germany you'll know that Spargelzeit is a time for almost national celebration. To say you don't like it is tantamount to sacrilegious, perhaps treasonous!!

Me, I love it, green or white. Shame you can't get the white stuff in UK, apart from bottled from Lidl.

The Peruvian or Mexican product we get out of season is OK, but no substitute for home grown.

​​​​​​Returning to the OP's question, never noticed a particularly bad smell having eaten asparagus, not sure what that tells me!!
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As you say a national celebration in Germany, especially Brandenburg I believe. It also marks the coming of spring in Germany (I prefer seeing the Swallows back myself for this) with the harvest there starting April, and ending 24th June on St Johns day. I only eat it when in season, but inevitably you do get White bottled Asparagus mixed in with salads in southern Europe as well, especially if there are German house holds / hotels / restaurants around.

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I'd never heard (nor imagined) that Asparagus could give you gout, but I suppose too much of a good thing can be bad!

Spargelzeit was always a pleasure in the Fatherland, everyone had impromptu dinner parties where the locally sourced Spargel was cooked in various delicious ways accompanied by complimentary wines and side dishes. As said, it was an indication of Spring, after the usual harsh German winter and I quite liked it that you could eat it a few times a week and then finish for another year, unless you so chose to. Same with the Kirschfest and others that I can't recall. There's something to be said for consuming seasonal foods in season.
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ya ain't smelled the worst until you eat a large helping of Papaya and then take a dump
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
I'd never heard (nor imagined) that Asparagus could give you gout, but I suppose too much of a good thing can be bad!

Spargelzeit was always a pleasure in the Fatherland, everyone had impromptu dinner parties where the locally sourced Spargel was cooked in various delicious ways accompanied by complimentary wines and side dishes. As said, it was an indication of Spring, after the usual harsh German winter and I quite liked it that you could eat it a few times a week and then finish for another year, unless you so chose to. Same with the Kirschfest and others that I can't recall. There's something to be said for consuming seasonal foods in season.
One of the wonderful things about German cuisine is it's seasonality, be it 'Wild' (game) Pfiffering (chanterelles), spargel or others I've probably overlooked.

In UK wr have to a great extent lost our love of truly season foods; why in God's name do we buy those abominable Spanish 'strawberries' in autumn and winter?? Everything now needs to be available all year round - I saw allegedly runner beans in Tesco yesterday. Gawd knows where they originated, it sure as heck wasn't UK!
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They were probably from Spain and they went very well with my cottage pie. Lovely.
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ya ain't smelled the worst until you eat a large helping of Papaya and then take a dump
Cornish pasty made with St Austell's Tribute ale provides stiff competition...
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Asparagus affects me in the way the OP mentions. Beetroot has a dramatic colouring effect as well!
Sweetcorn can also be tracked from entry to exit....no forensic examination required
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Old 24th Feb 2021, 10:01
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Ah, sweetcorn... yes, it seems resistant to intestinal breakdown, I seem to recall it should be boiled into submission before consumption.
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Ah, sweetcorn... yes, it seems resistant to intestinal breakdown, I seem to recall it should be boiled into submission before consumption.
Makes you wonder what the point of eating sweetcorn actually is, if as one of your five-a-day, it isn't being digested it hardly counts!
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Much as I like sweetcorn, I stopped buying it and cook petit pois as my most regular veg instead. Go with almost everything and seem to digest very well.
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Much as I like sweetcorn, I stopped buying it and cook petit pois as my most regular veg instead. Go with almost everything and seem to digest very well.
We stopped buying frozen peas and shifted to petit pois a few years ago and I agree, no digestion issues. Tip: if you haven't tried them give Lidl's "Deluxe" petit pois a go, by far better tasting than the Birds Eye equivalent and a good deal cheaper to boot!!
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