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Also known as Roquette or Rocket Salad, Arugula is mainly used as a salad green.  It has an assertive, pungent, spicy, peppery, somewhat nutty  flavor somewhat reminiscent of radish or horseradish.  It is an annual herb, grown for its mustard-like leaves.  Use it to add zing to salads and stir-fry dishes when the leaves are tender and young, and to add a tang to potato salads.  Mature leaves (which are tougher) can be cooked along with other greens.  Late summer planting will provide a good fall crop.  Leaves can be kept tender by frequent cutting.

Arugula is one component of mesclun, a mixture of young leaves of various mild herbs, lettuces, chicories, and endives.

Arugula is a cool season crop.  Its growth requirements are easy, and are similar to leaf lettuce.  It has practically no pests, and matures quickly (2-3 months from seed). It has deeply cut green leaves and white or yellowish flowers with crimson or violet veins.  It makes a good companion plant for other herbs and vegetables.  Please see Companion Planting for more information. It is native to the Mediterranean region and grows wild throughout southern Europe.

 

 

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