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Fresh asparagus placed in glasses filled with water

How To Store Fresh Asparagus

Learn how to store asparagus in the fridge to keep it fresh longer with my foolproof tips.
Course Vegetarian Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bunch
Calories 91kcal


  • Glass Jars
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubber Band optional


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • cold water


For short-term (1-2 days) storage:

  • Wrapping the bunch with a few sheets of damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Leave it open so that air can circulate through it.
  • Store it in the vegetable or crisper drawer of your fridge as soon as you come back from the grocery store.
  • Feel free to keep the rubber band around it so the spears stay intact.

For long term (up to 5 days) storage:

  • With the rubber band still holding the bunch together, trim an inch off the ends of the asparagus stalks using a sharp knife.
  • Place an inch of water at the bottom of a deep mason jar or a drinking glass. Remove the rubber band and place the asparagus spears upright (with cut ends at the bottom) in the glass.
  • Tent it with a clean plastic bag and use the rubber band to loosely secure it, making sure that the spears have enough room for air circulation.
  • Place it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, making sure to change out the water if it starts to look cloudy.


  • These storage tips work for all types of asparagus: This includes white asparagus, purple asparagus, thin and thicker spears.
  • Avoid the top shelf in the fridge: When storing fresh asparagus in the refrigerator, avoid placing it on the top shelf as some (older) fridges may freeze water. This may freeze the vegetable as well.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3429IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 10mg