How to Purchase and Store Asparagus
Asparagus should be green with firm stalks and closed compact tips. Stalks can be thin or thick - it's a matter of personal preference. To store, stand fresh asparagus spears upright in a container filled with about 1 inch of water. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and refrigerate. Or, store in refrigerator with a damp paper towel wrapped around base of stalks and cover loosely with a plastic bag. Asparagus is best when cooked the day it is purchased, but will keep up to 4 days. Wash just before using.