Arugula Eruca vesicaria sativa also known as rocket, roquette, ruchetta, or rucula can be classified as an herb or a green.  Arugula is a peppery, tangy flavored leafy plant that can be used raw or cooked.  Arugula has an unusual flavor and scent which is not appreciated by all.  I love arugula whether in a salad or scrambled eggs.  It can also be used in place of basil in pesto, used in sandwiches, or in soups.  The flowers are edible, have a similar but milder flavor, and are used as garnishes.
Arugula is easy to grow from seed in cool weather.  Plant before your last average frost date or in a shadier part of your garden.  You can also plant a few weeks before frost in the fall for a late harvest.  Arugula may reseed if allowed to flower.
Arugula grows wild in the Mediterranean.
Arugula recipes. 

About Beuna, Garden Inspire

As a garden coach, Beuna Tomalino has had the opportunity to help others grow their own food organically. Educated in Ornamental Horticultural from Utah State University and self taught in organic methods and multiple methods of gardening she helps others grow food no matter where they live. Beuna recently released the book Herbs to Know 2: Wild Medicinal & Edible Plants which she co authored with Kathy Wilson, Master Herbalist.

Posted on June 4, 2011, in arugula and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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