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.