BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans celebrated on Wednesday 70 years of the currywurst, a Berlin speciality of sliced sausage smothered in curry powder and ketchup, as they celebrated its national day.
Of all Germany’s 1,500 varieties of sausage, the currywurst is one of the most distinctive, often served on a paper plate with chips.
With annual consumption estimated to be more than 800 million sausages, currywurst stands are ubiquitous in the German capital and the dish counts former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder among its biggest fans.
“I think the currywurst has become part of Germany’s cultural heritage… It’s a great success story,” said snack stand owner Georg Bier.
The key to success was a top quality sausage, he said.
“We also put beef into our sausages and we have fresh deliveries every day. Then of course we have our home-made hot sauce, or curry ketchup, and the whole thing is a flavor firework,” said Bier.
The currywurst took off soon after the end of World…
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