Asparagus is a healthy vegetable. It is also one of the most expensive vegetables on the market which is why you should know how to tell if Asparagus is bad.
Asparagus is an early spring vegetable that makes a great side dish for just about any meal. With a naturally sweet flavor and crunchy, yet smooth texture, it pairs well with just about any protein, from steak to poultry to fish to eggs. Best of all, it’s quite cheap. Fresh asparagus should be slim, firm and have tightly closed tips. Avoid any bunches that look dried out, limp, slimy or discolored. Asparagus is one of the few natural sources of vitamin E, and also has B vitamins, minerals and fiber.
When you purchase most processed products, they normally come with instructions on how to handle them, and their expiry dates are clearly shown. But this is not the case with Asparagus, which doesn’t come with an expiry date or even instructions on maintaining them.
It is important to learn how to keep and maintain Asparagus to prevent early spoilage and food wastage. In this article, we will learn how to tell when Asparagus is bad and how to store it properly.
When you shop for asparagus, you want to look for spears with closed, tight tips. The tips should feel crisp, and the stalks should feel firm. Once you get home, be sure to store your asparagus properly. Wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in a plastic bag, sealing the bag tightly. If you do this, your asparagus should last for up to a week in the refrigerator.
How to know if Asparagus is spoilt
Asparagus has a tender part that is usually very tasty, and this is the section that normally goes bad first. The following factors will help you realize that your Asparagus is bad;
• Mold formation on the vegetable
If mold has formed on your Asparagus, it means it is spoilt and not good for eating. Storage issues majorly bring mold formation. The only reasonable solution when you see mold on your vegetable is to throw it away.
• Mushy and very slimy tips
A mushy and soggy tender tip is a clear picture that your Asparagus is bad. Asparagus has a tender tip on it that is considered to be the best part of it. Many people don’t blend this section; they use it as a whole. It is advisable that, if the tip is spoilt, chop it off and use the remaining part.
• Crinkly or wrinkled stalks
Wrinkling is easily observable, and when you notice it know that your vegetable is becoming unfit for consumption. If you don’t make use of your Asparagus for long, the crinkling stage must come to pass. Wrinkling usually happens whether you store it correctly or not. You can still eat Asparagus at this stage even though it will not be delicious as when it was fresh. At this stage, you can roast it or make soup out of it.
Yellowing may take place on asparagus tips. It’s very rare to see yellowing taking place on Asparagus. But when it does, chop off the affected suction and use the rest.
• Bad scent and flavor
When your Asparagus begins to smell, that’s a clear indication that it is no longer fresh. Here the vegetable is not fit for eating, and you should throw it away.
It’s better to use Asparagus within 4-5 days of purchase.
The vegetables are highly perishable, just like most fruits. It should be handled with a lot of care and caution. The way you treat your flowers by placing them in a vase or container with water; you also do the same with Asparagus. Please place it in the fridge after placing your Asparagus in a good container with water at the bottom. You can keep Asparagus for five days without distorting its value.
Health benefits of asparagus
o Asparagus has a lot of nutrients on its green stem and many antioxidants.
o It controls blood pressure and helps with digestion issues.
o Pregnant women should take it frequently.
o Its green stems are beneficial for individuals who want to reduce weight.