Thieves have harvested 6 kilometres of a field of asparagus in the southern part of the German state of Hesse and made off with 300 kilograms of the vegetable.
According to the police, the unknown perpetrators were professional.
They had not only dug up the asparagus correctly but also closed the holes in the mounds where the vegetables grew.
On Monday, the investigators estimated the damage at about 3,000 euros ($A4,730).
The crime in the town of Ginsheim-Gustavsburg on the edge of Mainz probably happened on Friday night.