The alarming blog entry from ramtops showing chocolate asparagus moves me to relate a tragic experience we had yesterday. Making one of our swift forays to Costco, we bore away in triumph a large, sealed bag of English asparagus. It looked perfect through the polythene, and there was masses of the stuff. Couldn't wait to cook it for our supper.
Alas, when I opened the sealed bag, the smell of rotting nearly knocked my head off. We took the bag back to Costco today and got our money back. Didn't compensate for the disappointment, however. The moral is, never buy asparagus you can't smell. Seriously.