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.
At the market, look for small, round artichokes with tightly packed leaves that squeak when squeezed.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with artichokes
Try it in Spinach-Artichoke Dip
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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.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with asparagus
Try it in Asparagus Carbonara
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Be sure to remove any leaves, which are inedible and possibly toxic.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with rhubarb
Try it in Biscuits with Rhubarb Jam
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Rinse berries before serving, but leave the stems on to prevent water from being absorbed and diluting the flavor.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with strawberries
Try it in Triple-Decker Strawberry-Chicken Club Sandwiches
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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 on how to buy, serve and cook with sugar snap peas
Try it in Brown-Buttered Sugar Snap Peas with Pecans
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MORE SPRING PRODUCE
You should also keep an eye out for these fruits and vegetables at the market:
Rhubarb: See all recipes
Apricots: See all recipes
Watercress: See all recipes
Sweet Peas: See all recipes
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