*For Peas and Lima Beans Choose pods that are well-filled but not bulging. Avoid spotted, dried, yellow or limp pods.
*For Cucumbers Select long, slender ones for best quality. Should be dark or medium green but yellow ones should be avoided.
*For Beans-Snap Avoid beans with dry looking pods. The ones with small seeds inside the pods are best.
*For Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Broccoli and cauliflower flower clusters should be tight and close together. Brussels sprouts should be compact and firm. Dirty, smudgy spots may indicate pests or soft rot.
*For Mushrooms Avoid black or brown gills. Caps should be closed around the stems.
*Asparagus Tips should be close and compact and stalks should be tender and firm. The more tender stalks have very little white. Asparagus toughens quickly, so use it right away.
*Cabbage, Head Lettuce Avoid cabbage with worm holes and lettuce with discoloration or soft rot. Go for heads that are heavy for their size.
*Artichokes Avoid heads with leaves that are brown or separated. Look for compact, tightly closed heads with clean-looking, green leaves.