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by Staff
It may be true that we're developing a global economy, but when it comes to fruits and vegetables, locavores have the right idea. Folks who buy local produce and take advantage of the bounty each season has to offer are living greener and buying foods that are usually better tasting, more nutritious and less expensive. These 10 produce items are seasonal in the U.S. Let's see if you know when they're at their freshest and most appealing.

Brussels sprouts look like little cabbages. They have a small dedicated following among vegetable fanatics, and chances are you either love them or hate them. When should brussels sprouts be chubby, bright green and abundant at the market?

  • late spring
  • summer
  • late fall

Tomatillos look like green tomatoes -- a veggie to which they're distantly related. When are you likely to find them at your friendly neighborhood farmers market?

  • late summer through early fall
  • early in spring
  • summer

Apricots are somewhat smaller than peaches and can vary in color from yellow to -- apricot. They're sweet, aromatic and as delicious grilled as they are fresh off the tree. When are apricots in season?

  • late spring to early summer
  • early in spring
  • summer through fall

Asparagus spears are best when they're young and slender. When at their peak, they're a vibrant green with tight tips. When does asparagus start sprouting in gardens and fields across the land?

  • spring and fall
  • summer
  • summer and winter

A member of the cabbage family, broccoli looks like a cluster of little trees. It's a deep green with an edible stalk. When are you most likely to see it in bulk in your produce department?

  • spring after the first frost
  • fall and winter
  • spring through summer

Eggplant, also known as aubergine, is an egg-shaped vegetable with white flesh and small seeds. It has the title role in the popular dish eggplant parmesan. When is it in season?

  • spring and summer
  • early summer
  • summer and fall

Strawberry shortcake and strawberry pie are both dessert favorites, but when are those juicy strawberries at their freshest?

  • early to late summer
  • spring and early summer
  • early fall

Sweet potatoes are favorites in casseroles and pies. They're also a traditional ingredient in Southern cooking. A root vegetable with a big fan club, when are sweet potatoes ready to harvest?

  • fall and winter
  • summer
  • late spring

Zucchini is a popular green squash that's as easy to prepare as it is to grow in your backyard garden. Is zucchini an early or a late crop?

  • spring
  • fall
  • summer

Avocados are also known as alligator pears. They make a luscious Tex-Mex dip and a great ingredient in a simple, green salad, too. When can you expect to net the best avocados for your fiesta party?

  • spring
  • winter
  • summer