You can’t help but notice that some American supermarkets are selling bags of precubed butternut squash and buckets of prechopped mirepoix, but I have yet to hear of anyone peeling your asparagus for you as they do at the market in Munich. And I must say, I might rather like it if they did.
Nicky at Delicious:Days reports that some stalls at the Viktualienmarkt will peel your white asparagus for free, within five minutes—and send you home with your peelings in a nice little bag if you’d like.
A comment on the post, from blogger Hande of Food Vagabond, tells tales of markets in Rome where they clean and prep your artichokes for you. Such glorious heights I never imagined might exist. I don’t mind chopping my own onion, carrot, or squash, but to avoid prepping artichokes for the rest of my life sounds blissful. Sign me up.
Though, as a friend quickly pointed out, the shelling is hardly the annoying part. It’s squeezing each and every bean out of its jacket that really becomes tedious. I could definitely be swayed to buy more fava beans if they came ready to eat.
But really, the artichokes—that would be a winner.