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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Rumtopf, Fruit and Rum Pot, Recipe
Rumtopf, a German specialty from at least the 17th century. Made from late spring until early autumn with seasonal fruit conserved in sugar and rum, it's a treat for the winter months, and indispensable part of "end of year" holiday celebrations. Easy to make, hard to mess up and delicious.
2. Fun Facts About Germany
There's a Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, German affection for red Hungarian paprika means it's added to everything from potato chips and meat to sauces, in Bavaria beer is officially 'food', and phone calls are answered only by the surname, never a greeting. Some fun facts.
3. Father's Day in Germany
German Father's Day can be a bit of a surprise. A "Movable Feast" holiday, linked to Ascension Day so changing each year, the variable date is not the only way it differs from "Father's Day" in other countries.
4. German Bread - Fast Facts
With over 3050 registered varieties, Germany is a "Bread Paradise". Almost all available types of grain are used from wheat, rye, barley and oats to millet, corn, rice and potato starch, while bread rolls go under so many different names in the regions it is easier to just point. Fast Facts.
5. German Wedding Traditions
May is the most popular month to marry throughout Germany, but the country's regions have many of their own, often "unusual", wedding traditions. Preparations and traditions begin weeks before the wedding takes place, and festivities can last for days.
6. German Summer Drink Recipes
Summer in a glass. Cool drinks for the hot days of German summers range from all types of Fruit Bowle and Radler, to Apfelschorle and Cola-Schoppen. The names might be different but there's something for everyone, and they are ideal for sunless as well as sun filled days.
7. Germany's House Cleaning Culture
Germany deserves its reputation as one of the world's best kept countries; the universal and regular "cleaning of everything in sight" even has a name - Putzanfall. It is so much a passion to be considered enjoyable, so something that doesn't "sparkle" even leads to anxiety and tension...
8. White Asparagus Season in Germany
Spargelzeit, springtime's "White Asparagus". A "Madness" sweeps through Germany during the brief season of this first symbol of spring, beginning around mid-April until June 24, feast day of St. John the Baptist.
9. East Friesland and its Tea Culture
Across Germany coffee is more popular than beer, except for the windswept coastal marshlands and islands of East Friesland in northwest Germany. There the number one beverage is tea. A Frisian Blend, with its own tea ceremony, and anyone who prefers coffee is a "Koffjenoese". A Coffee Nose.
10. Germany's Garden Colonies, Schrebergarten
Gardening is something of a passion in Germany, and the "garden" often a balcony container or a "Schrebergarten". These are small plots on a city's edge, or in its center surrounded by asphalt and exhaust fumes; perhaps alongside rail tracks. The pride and joy of millions of city-dwellers.
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