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Asparagus – the most popular vegetable in the Netherlands

For most children vegetables are a somewhat acquired taste. Adults, on the other hand, simply cannot survive without their daily helping of vegetables, which is a good thing really, as they’re an important part of a healthy and balanced diet. And, whilst the Dutch do have individual preferences, certain vegetables are clearly favoured.

The Dutch radio program ‘Vroege Vogels’, in collaboration with the Nederlandse Vegetariërsbond (Dutch Vegetarian Society), held a so-called “vegetable election”, from which they compiled a vegetable top 40. The following 10 vegetables proved the most in demand:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Green beans
  3. Chicory
  4. Sprouts
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Spinach
  7. Broccoli
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Endives
  10. Potatoes

Dutch asparagus

As you can see, asparagus is easily the most popular vegetable in the Netherlands – arguably because they are only available fresh for a few months of each year and are thus considered a special treat. You can, however, still enjoy this delectable Dutch vegetable off-season by purchasing asparagus in a jar via the online Dutch supermarket Holland at Home.

It’s probably no surprise that Dutch green beans came second in the survey, yet what is perhaps remarkable, is the fact that chicory and sprouts took third and fourth places – two vegetables that Dutch children and teenagers often turn their noses up at!

The least preferred vegetable with Dutch families was rhubarb, which came last in the top 40. Even though rhubarb boasts a deliciously tart flavour and is an ideal filling in cakes and pies, its relative obscurity seems to have made it less desirable. If you’re curious about the unique flavour of rhubarb, try it in Hak rhubarb compote, which is not only perfect in a range of tempting tarts, it’s also an exceptionally tasty side dish with meat or game.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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