What are the odd sprouts at the ends of them? Exp date is good.

I've seen this frequently now. I usually just cut off the ends and eat it anyway.

Asparagus from the can

  • Yes, it's ok to eat green asparagus. No need to cut the end.
    – roetnig
    Dec 18, 2018 at 12:49

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The opening up is not really a sign of spoilage. With Asparagus, what we are eating is really only the sprout. The actual plant if allowed to grow is a branched plant like a fern. They canned some that were starting to open up, a bit older than really should be picked.

So yes, the entire asparagus is safe to eat.

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    Now, if it is "good", well that one is opinion, and I will refrain from giving one on that. (OK I think canned asparagus is an abomination, but that is not what you mean in the question.) Thus comment only, not answer. ;)
    – dlb
    Dec 13, 2018 at 22:27
  • what do you mean by "opening up"? The one unusual thing I see in this picture are the weird white clumps, a bit like tonsiliths. I have never seen a similar thing on a raw asparagus, do you mean it is some kind of flower that comes when the tips open?
    – rumtscho
    Dec 16, 2018 at 11:36

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