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.
Although blueberries can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge, be sure to rinse them just before using or eating.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with blueberries
Try it in Lemon-Blueberry Layer Cake
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Antioxidants called anthocyanins give cherries their crimson color--the richer the hue, the better for you.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with cherries
Try it in Cherry-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sundaes
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.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with figs
Try it in Figs with Ricotta and Honey
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For a perfect appetizer or main dish, buy green beans that are bright in color and have a firm texture.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with green beans
Try it in Green Bean Casserole
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Squeeze a peach gently to tell when it's ripest -- its flesh should give slightly under the pressure of your fingers.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with peaches
Try it in Ginger-Peach Ice Cream in Grilled Peach Cups
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Made up of about 75 percent plum and 25 percent apricot, these plum look-alikes come in a range of hues.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with pluots
Try it in Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches with Pluot Relish
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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.
More on how to buy, serve and cook with tomatoes
Try it in Two Tomato Arrabbiata Pesto Pasta
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Look for a whole melon that's heavy for it's size and skip any melons with cracks or soft spots.
More on how to buy, serve and store watermelons
Try it in Watermelon Limeade
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MORE SUMMER PRODUCE
You should also keep an eye out for these fruits and vegetables at the market:
Berries: See all recipes
Cherries: See all recipes
Corn: See all recipes
Cucumbers: See all recipes
Eggplant: See all recipes
Melons: See all recipes
Okra: See all recipes
Peas: See all recipes
Rhubarb: See all recipes
Summer squash: See all recipes
Tomatillos: See all recipes
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