Food·Posted on Sep 28, 202018 Foods In Germany That'll Confuse AmericansWould you like some tongue sausage?by benedictleungBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Guten tag! My name's Ben, and I spent time living in Berlin, Germany. What is so fascinating about Germany is just how different some of their dishes are, compared to what I am used to. Here are just a few examples: 1. White asparagus (Spargel) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @ux This really messed me up. I always thought asparagus was green. Well, until I lived in Germany. Don't take my word for it. Germans actually have an entire *festival* around white asparagus called "Weisser Spargel Fest," which runs annually from April to June. 2. Pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @berlineatenerary This Bavarian specialty is a combination of juicy, tender pork goodness, wrapped with a crispy, salty skin. It's great to chase down with a big stein of your favorite beer! 3. Quark View this photo on Instagram instagram.com I am completely addicted to this stuff, but German quark is basically a cross between Greek yogurt and cheese. It's chock-full of protein, calcium, and it tastes really close to ricotta cheese, but with just a tinge of yogurt-y texture. 4. Pickled eggs (Soleier) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @naturwunder4 Pickled eggs are a form of pub grub in Germany. I never knew you could pickle eggs. I thought pickling was only for veggies? 5. Elderberry soup (Fliederbeersuppe) View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Usually found in northern Germany, elderberry soup is a soup made up of boiled elderberries, spiced with a dash of cinnamon or garlic. It's super light and refreshing! 6. Super Dickmann's View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @junkfoodguru Every time I saw these at the supermarket, I burst out laughing. Almost every German grew up on Super Dickmann's marshmallows, that's for sure! 7. Blood sausage (Blutwurst) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @iloveblutwurst I never tried these when I lived in Germany, 'cause I was frankly terrified. But blood sausage is made up of animal blood, fat, and meat. 8. Liver sausage spread (Leberwurst) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @melisfoodlove Liver sausage spread is apparently a form of spreadable ground-up liver. 9. Curry spice ketchup (Currygewürzketchup) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @theedinburghdoughboy It's not the ~wurst~ thing in the world, but it's *so* German. *Drumroll* say hello to curry spice ketchup. It tastes similar to ketchup, but comes with this tanginess that's so hard to describe. But it's *so good!* 10. Paprika flavor View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @crispinator_snax I never quite understood what paprika flavor was supposed to taste like? None of the paprika chips I had ever tasted like a bell pepper, that's for sure. 11. Unique chocolate flavors View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sewon Germans are *obsessed* with chocolate. During my time there, I had all sorts of wild chocolate flavors that I couldn't get back home. Bars had all kinds of flavors stuffed in them (read: tortilla chips, corn flakes, and rum raisins)! 12. Raw minced pork sandwich (Mettbrötchen) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @bbq_eddy Mettbrötchen is basically a raw minced pork sandwich served with onions. It's usually eaten for brekky! 13. Party hedgehog (Mettigel) A german speciality, called Mettigel. It's raw meat. from shittyfoodporn Mettigel is basically a form of raw minced meat, but without the bun like you had with a mettbrötchen. Instead, it's shaped in the form of a hedgehog, and usually served at buffets. 14. Herring salad (Heringssalat) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @many I saw jars of herring salad all over German supermarkets, and I never got around to trying it out. It's apparently a concoction of salted herring and vinegar. 15. Sausage salad (Wurstsalat) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @kleingenuss_isst_keto No, it's not kale. It's "salad" made of sausages, cheese, and pickles. Oh, there are also decorative tomatoes, apparently. 16. White sausage with sweet mustard (Weißwurstfrühstück) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @green Nope, hot dogs aren't popular in Germany. Instead, sausages are served up pipin' hot in a bowl of hot water, with a pretzel and some sweet mustard on the side. And yes, they'll laugh if you want your ketchup. Seriously. 17. Rows and rows of Haribo View this post on Facebook facebook.com There are a gajillion flavors of Haribo in every German supermarket (read: black licorice, marshmallow, cotton candy, and more!). Some supermarkets have an entire ~aisle~ dedicated to Haribo gummies. 18. Tongue sausage (Zungenwurst) View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @scott Yes, you read that right. Tongue sausage is made out of pickled tongues with a hint of ground pepper and spices. And there you have it! Have you ever tried any of these German specialties? If not, which one looked the most delicious? Share your thoughts in the comments below!