GeneralArugula is technically known as a salad green or salad herb. Add to lettuce, tomatoes and any other mixed baby salad greens, and create new and exciting taste sensations. You can usually find arugula in the fresh produce section in your health food store or at larger super markets. Like most salad greens, Arugula is very very low in calories and is also high in vitamins A and C.
Arugula is also known as rocket, roquette, rugula and rucola, and is very popular in Italian cuisine.
Rinse the leaves in cool water and dry on paper toweling. Store in zip lock bag. Best if used within two days.
Its leaves have a unique, peppery sweet tang, adding pizzazz even to the blandest salads. Although arugula provides a flavor impact, it does not have an aftertaste.
NutritionThis food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese.
GrowingPrefers rich humusy soil with pH of 6 to 6.8, but will tolerate wide variety of conditions. Evenly moist soil will help slow bolting. Growth is low and compact until heat causes plant to bolt. Forms a rosette of deeply lobed leaves. Plants become erect when heat induces bolting.
Flowers are edible.
Seeds germinate quickly even in cold soil. Plant as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Avoid planting after other cabbage family crops. Plant ¼ inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows, or broadcast alone or mixed with other greens. Gradually thin to 6-inch spacings using thinnings for salads. Make new plantings every 2 to 3 weeks for a continuous supply until about a month before your average first frost date.
Slow bolting by reducing heat and moisture stress. Provide some shade for warm-season plantings.
Fast-growing plants are good for intercropping and relay cropping.
Often self-seeds. Is self-sterile and requires insects for pollination. Will not cross with other members of the mustard family.
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