Buying and cooking fresh summer produce when it's in season -- like tomatoes, fresh herbs, peaches, green beans, figs 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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BLUEBERRIES

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

Although blueberries can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge, be sure to rinse them just before using or eating.

CHERRIES

cherry chocolate chunk ice cream

Antioxidants called anthocyanins give cherries their crimson color--the richer the hue, the better for you.

FIGS

dessert

Who knew: Figs are technically a flower, not a fruit -- with a sweet honeysuckle scent that lets you know when they're ready to be eaten.

GREEN BEANS

green beans

For a perfect appetizer or main dish, buy green beans that are bright in color and have a firm texture.

PEACHES

peaches

Squeeze a peach gently to tell when it's ripest -- its flesh should give slightly under the pressure of your fingers.

PLUOTS

grilled peaches

Made up of about 75 percent plum and 25 percent apricot, these plum look-alikes come in a range of hues.

TOMATOES

tomatoes

Many supermarkets now stock more than one variety of tomato in the summertime. Get to know a few of the different types, and see what dishes work best with them.

WATERMELON

watermelon

Look for a whole melon that's heavy for it's size and skip any melons with cracks or soft spots.

MORE SUMMER PRODUCE

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

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