Cheat Sheet to Buying the Freshest Veggies

Always get the freshest greens whenever possible!

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Take the guesswork out of vegetable shopping with our handy tips:

Asparagus

Select: Look for straight stalks with closed, compact tips. They should be solid green in color. Stay away from those with shriveled stalks or spreading tips.

Beans

Select: Look for firm beans that are bright green in color. Skin must have no spots or blemishes.

Bell peppers

Select: Look for peppers which are firm and thick-fleshed. Whether red, green, or yellow, the color must be vibrant and fresh. Stay away from those with soft spots and blemishes, as well as those with dark stems.

Broccoli

Select: The head must be dark green and firmly clustered. The stalk must be firm.

Cabbage

Select: The head must be firm and heavy for its size. Its outer leaves must be green to light green in color with no blemishes or dark edges.

Carrots

Select: Look for firm, straight carrots; stay away from limp ones or those with cracks. Must be bright orange in color, preferably with fresh green leaves.

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Cauliflower

Select: The head must be firmly clustered with fresh green leaves. Stay away from those with black spots or blemishes.

Celery

Select: Look for firm, crisp, pale green stalks with fresh green leaves; stay away from limp ones or those with tears.

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Cucumber

Select: Look for firm, unblemished vegetables which are bright green in color. Stay away from those with soft ends. Pick straight cucumbers; they say the curved ones may be infested with worms.

Eggplant

Select: Go for firm vegetables that are heavy for their size. Must be shiny purple in color with a fresh green cap. Stay away from those which are wrinkled or soft, or too thick-skinned. Pick straight cucumbers; they say the curved ones may be infested with worms.

Herbs

Select: Go for herbs which are firm, crisp, and distinctly aromatic.

Leeks

Select: Look for leeks with a firm and unblemished white base. The leaves must be fresh and green.

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Lettuce

Select: Leaves must be vibrant in color, crisp in texture, with no blemishes. Stay away from those with discolored edges.

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Image from Pixabay.com; Shopping tips by Jing Lejano originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Yummy magazine

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