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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. Federweisser, Zwiebelkuchen and Treberwurst
"Federweisser" might look like grape soda but is young wine with a "KICK" and short season. Although its traditional harvest time accompaniments, rich onion pie, "Zwiebelkuchen", and "Treberwurst", sausages marinated with grapes and fried, can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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. Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. Authentic recipe for the special sauce.

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. Forest Schools, Germany's Waldkindergarten
Waldkindergarten...nature's preschool for children where classroom walls are replaced by fresh air, the natural world and exploration. Whatever the weather. A system of education that began in 19th century Germany and is increasingly popular, so schools have long waiting lists.

6. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake"; a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.

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. Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany with Recipes
In communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, so for a "Flash into the Past" here is a taste of East Germany.

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 Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. During the last days of summer, and beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.

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