Germans enjoy pommes frites, or what Americans call French Fries. Hold the ketchup. Mayonnaise is the condiment of choice on German fries.
According the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the average German consumes about 135 pounds of potatoes each year, 10% more than Americans. Both cultures enjoy deep fried potatoes. The exception is condiments where Germans help themselves to sweet mayonnaise.
German pommes frites are thick and salty with a thin crisp layer covering a soft baked potato-like inside. Vendors serve them in a paper cone. The first adjustment ketchup-lovers must make is the mayo’s creamy white color. Otherwise, the sweeter contrast and the salty fried potatoes is tasty and likely addicting. Not to worry, ketchup is available.
A pommes frites stand in near the cathedral on the Heidelberg Alstadt in southeast Germany. Walking around the huge square; munching on fries; gazing-up at the castle; and people-watching is a treat. All that salt and exercise makes one thirsty. Fortunately, there are a few nearby taverns. Mayonnaise is good, but I prefer an ice cold beer with my pommes frites.