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6. Sunburst Squash

These bright yellow, small round squash pieces are easily sliced or cubed. Use them in any recipes calling for zucchini.

Available: Year-round.
Buying tips: Look for squash that are plump and feel heavy for their size, with glossy and tender skin.
Best way to store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to a week.
Nutritional attributes: One cup contains 38% Daily Value for vitamin C.
Eating/cooking tips: Colorful slices or wedges make great plate garnishes or a great snack. Segments add color and flavor to fruit salads or green salads.

7. Sugar Snap Peas

These are one of my favorite raw veggie snack foods. They are crunchy and fresh-tasting, easy to eat straight from the refrigerator.

Available: Year-round.
Buying tips: Select firm, plump, bright-green pods.
Best way to store: Keep refrigerated in a plastic bag and use within a few days.
Nutritional attributes: 1 cup contains 4 grams fiber, 140% Daily Value for vitamin C, 16% for iron.
Eating/cooking tips: You can eat the entire pod. These are great in lunches (just put raw sugar snap peas in a sandwich bag), or add them to a vegetable platter and serve with light dip. They taste good cooked, too, so you can use them in your favorite stir-fry recipe.

8. Radicchio

This gorgeous green is a flavorful way to add color to your salad.

Available: Year-round.
Buying tips: Pick crisp heads with fully colored leaves (with white ribs) and no brown spots. They come in different color variations; pink, red, and green, and burgundy-red.
Best way to store: Keep in refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week.
Nutritional attributes: 10 leaves contain 10% Daily Value for vitamin C.
Eating/cooking tips: Shred it and mix it in with other salad greens, or serve it sautéed or cooked in soups, casseroles, or side dishes.

9. Swiss Chard

This leafy green is a member of the beet family. The leaves have a beet-like flavor, especially when eaten raw.

Available: Year-round.
Buying tips: This leafy green is sold in bunches. Pick a bunch with crisp stalks and glossy leaves.
Best way to store: Store in the vegetable crisper (in a bag) and use within a few days.
Nutritional attributes: 1 cup contains 60% Daily Value for vitamin A, 45% for vitamin C, 4% for calcium, and 8% for iron.
Eating/cooking tips: Use in place of spinach in recipes. Or, cook as you would any leafy green vegetable.

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