There are a few telltale signs that the asparagus you recently purchased is getting spoiled. Asparagus wilts and spoils quickly even under the best storage conditions so if you don’t intend to eat it right away, keep an eye on it for signs of spoilage.

It is easy to spot wilted and old asparagus because the stalks are shriveled and not firmly upright. Fresh asparagus has a snap when you break it, and breaking spoiled asparagus will not result in the same sound. The stalks will appear limp and dull in color. If the asparagus is green, it will lose its waxy spring-green look. A similar occurrence happens with white asparagus, which will fade to gray or beige when rotting.

However, that is not all. The cut ends of the stalks will be dried out and fibrous. Wilted asparagus tips will become soft, and the flower tips will become black and will have an off, slightly sulfurous smell (via The US Kitchen).

According to the Farm House Guide, you should also be on the lookout for mold and dark spots on the stalks. If your asparagus is wilted or even turned, it is best to toss it out.

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