Buying and cooking fresh spring produce when it's in season -- like strawberries, artichokes, sugar snap peas, asparagus and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.

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ARTICHOKES

spinach and cheesy potatoes

At the market, look for small, round artichokes with tightly packed leaves that squeak when squeezed.

ASPARAGUS

Asparagus

Once you bring it home, store your asparagus upright in a glass filled with an inch of water until you're ready to eat it.

RHUBARB

rhubarb jam and biscuits

Be sure to remove any leaves, which are inedible and possibly toxic.

STRAWBERRIES

strawberries

Rinse berries before serving, but leave the stems on to prevent water from being absorbed and diluting the flavor.

SUGAR SNAP PEAS

sugar snap peas

Refrigerate fresh peas in a plastic bag with a paper towel to keep them from spoiling. They'll be good for up to 5 days.

MORE SPRING PRODUCE

You should also keep an eye out for these fruits and vegetables at the market:

Fava beans

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