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Rote Grütze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe
Rote Grütze with summer berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing, easy to make and for centuries "every day" Hausmannskost, home cooking, in northern Germany, it is a "fruit salad with a difference", and a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

Germany's Cult Beach Chair, the Strandkorb
The "Strandkorb" is a strange looking chair, often compared to an upright wicker wash basket, and was originally designed for an aristocrat with rheumatism. But now it is part of the country's culture, and has sheltered Germany's beach goers from wind, rain and sun for generations.

Germany's Window Boxes and Balcony Gardens
It is "Makeover Time" each season for Germany's window boxes. Carefully tended, colorful plant filled containers are everywhere. A bizarre mixture sometimes but a wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing down from apartment block balconies and walls of ancient farm houses.

Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf goes back centuries as a delicious way to preserve summer fruit. Starting in early summer with strawberries, cherries and rum of course, with fruit added as it comes into season until early autumn, it's a taste of summer in winter. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.

German Beer, Some Fast Facts
German beer has a "Tag des Deutschen Bieres" - Beer/Fluessiges Brot, liquid bread, is "Food" in Bavaria - even the smallest region has a brewery, and it's important to raise one thumb when ordering. Germany's beer has a culture of its own.

German Wine and Vineyards
Grapes arrived in Germany with the conquering Romans, and ancient traditions involving hillside vineyards and the annual harvest celebrations still continue. But the German wine industry has changed, returning to producing high quality wines so sweet Liebfraumilch is on the way out.


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