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Dismissed for decades, sugar toads are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. more

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A staple of Middle Eastern diets, fresh fava beans require some effort to prepare, but their distinct flavor makes it worth the work. more

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Shad roe is one of this region’s great seasonal delicacies, beloved by Washington’s soldiers, Henry David Thoreau and passionate chowhounds everywhere. more

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The perfect brunch dish, including plenty of extra Champagne to enjoy while you work more

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Radicchio might not endear itself to most eaters, but it’s a taste worth acquiring. more

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Celeriac, aka celery root, might look unlovable, but as many of the city’s top kitchens know, few winter vegetables are more versatile, or more exciting, to work with. more

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Pecans are a great way to celebrate the season — and the South. more

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Daikon is a mild-mannered but eminently versatile staple of Japanese cuisine. more

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Broccoli rabe has long been revered for its robust flavor and crunch. more

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Okra inspires nearly as much divided opinion as the nation's politics, but there's much more to this plump green pod than its slime. more

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Their brief season makes soft-shells especially coveted, while easy access to the flesh makes them a crab-lover’s dream. more

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Squash blossoms are perfect for frying, adding to soups or eating raw. more

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Ready your skillets, sharpen your knives and head to your local farmers market because it comes but once a year: Ramps season is upon us. more

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Parsley adds texture, brightness and a verdant pop to nearly any dish. more

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Whether you know it as “wakame” in Japanese, “miyeok” in Korean or the catchall “seaweed” in English, eating algae provides nutrients with few calories — a superfood of the sea packed with iodine, calcium and antioxidants. more

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Whether they’re growing along the ocean’s shore, in a marina or within our very own Chesapeake Bay, oysters prove that a salty disposition isn’t always a bad thing. more

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This superfruit makes for fabulous jellies, juices and dried snacks and lends just the right brightness to your holiday table. more

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With their earthy taste, meatiness and long growing season, forest-dwelling shiitakes are a cook’s versatile, vegetable-like fungus. more

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Don’t mind the bumps, lobes and crazy patterns; there are countless shapes, colors and sizes of heirloom tomatoes, each variety delicious in its own right. more

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Much like “The Highlander,” there can be only one when it comes to “true shallots” — the type to grow from cloves, never from seed— but unlike the timeless warriors, the many varieties of shallots can coexist peacefully (not to mention deliciously). more

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