03/23/2012 10:07 am ET Updated May 23, 2012

Spring Produce: Your Guide To Picking The Best

While amazing, bright flavors (and colors) are an obvious reason to embrace the spring season, eating fresh spring produce is good for plenty more reasons. While almost all produce can be grown somewhere year-round, trucking produce across the country (or the world) can be pretty rough. According to the USDA, buying local, seasonal produce may reduce our carbon footprint and help local economies. Plus, it might even result in more nutritious produce. Here are some of the best picks for spring, how to use 'em and what to look for when digging through the produce aisle.

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