A bunch of raw asparagus on a baking sheet with a cup of oil and salt
The Red Flags To Look For When Buying Asparagus
Asparagus can only shine if you select the highest quality bunch available. The key is to pay attention to the texture of the stalks and the appearance of the spear tips.
Avoid stalks that feel spongy or wilt over to one side when standing upright, and stay away from asparagus whose ends have spread-out tips.
Instead, pick bunches with stiff, springy stalks and narrow, closed-up tips. These signs indicate the asparagus is at its peak and will taste exactly as good as you would expect.
While it may seem obvious, it's worth mentioning that you should also ditch any asparagus that shows signs of spoilage, such as sliminess, mold, or a funky smell.