Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wurst War

In Freiburg's Münster market six licenced vendors traditionally sell grilled bratwurst at their stands to natives and tourists alike. The Freiburger Long Red (wurst) served with slightly stewed onions in a bun surely is my favorite but you can also opt for a Polnische (is this the same as a Krakauer?), a Krainer with and without cheese and a Thüringer. There is wurst made from veal and cholesterol-poor from Turkey. An orderly market order orders that the order of the stands in the Münster market rotates daily such that each vendor in turn is first in line.
Mr. Meier at his Wurststand proudly holds up Freiburg's Rote in a Brötchen for the iPhone photo shooting. Note the brin of onion looking out on top of the bun.
Presently there is some agitation among those traditional vendors as - l'Union Européenne oblige - the precious license must be newly tendered Europe-wide! Imagine some Turks disguised as Greeks selling döner wurst! A scandal? but if it's good why not. But do not be afraid: the German inventive talent does not sleep when dealing with wurst (wenn es um die Wurst geht). In a letter to the editor a tofu producer from Freiburg would like to make the business of his life demanding that one of the future six licensees must be selling veggie wurst.

Mind you. The idea of vegetarian meat ersatz is not new. You can already read in the Vegetarian Journal as early as 2000: Veggie burgers and dogs are generally lower in calories and fat than hamburgers and hot dogs. Even extra lean ground beef gets more than half its calories from fat; most veggie burgers have less than 20% of calories from fat. Meat has no fiber; most veggie burgers have at least 3 or 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving. While veggie burgers have little or no cholesterol, a 3.5 ounce hamburger made with extra lean ground beef has 90 milligrams of cholesterol. Veggie burgers, especially those made with soy, contain generous amounts of protein and iron. Vitamin B-12 is added to some veggie burgers. The only negative for veggie burgers is that most are higher in sodium than ground beef.

I don't know about the quality of veggie burgers in the States but those I have tasted in Germany were simply awful. Maybe contrary to the States the ones sold over here contain less salt. That indeed makes them 120% healthy food but uneatable too.

Veggie dogs are also lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol than hot dogs. Some veggie dogs have more protein and iron and less sodium than do hot dogs. Both hot dogs and veggie dogs contain little or no fiber. So what will a roasted tofu wurst served at a vegetarian booth here in Freiburg contain?

In the States they already sell the Veggie or the somewhat speedier Leaner Wiener, the Meatless Frank (the poor guy), the VegiDog and somewhat hotter the Veggie Chili Dog. When you don't like served adults take a Tofu Pup. For all those cat lovers there is a SoyBoy Not Dog on the market. I suppose all this stuff is not roasted so I wonder what will happen to a tofu wurst on a grill. Maybe we shall know by the coming World Veggie Day, October 1st, 2011.

I wish you all a Happy New Year !

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