Spring

Basil

How to select for best flavor: Choose fresh-looking, bright-green bunches of basil. They should have a sweet, distinctive basil scent. Avoid any bunches that look wilted or that are...
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Spring

Asparagus

How to select for best flavor: Select straight, firm stalks with tightly closed tips. Asparagus should be green for about two-thirds of its length, unless you are buying white...
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Spring

Artichoke

How to select for best flavor:  Fresh, ripe artichokes are crisp and will squeak when rubbed together. This is probably the best test of an artichoke’s freshness. Look for...
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