Light: Arugula enjoys sun, but also appreciates a little shade during hot sunny summer days. Heat causes arugula to bolt faster; for this reason, many gardeners prefer to plant arugula in the fall when days are still relatively long, with gradually cooling temperatures.
Temperature: Annual that does great early spring all the way through fall.
Water: Evenly-moist soil will slow bolting. Arugula prefers lots of regular watering.
Soil: Arugula enjoys rich soil high in organic matter, but will tolerate less-than-ideal soil conditions.
Comments: Arugula is a delicious green that is very high in nutrients. Possessing a very peppery taste, it's wonderful in salads and on pizzas!
A member of the Mustard family, Arugula is a leafy green that packs a peppery punch! Similar to Watercress in flavor, Arugula has edible, aromatic leaves and a spicier flavor than most greens. Often eaten raw in salads, Arugula also tastes great when cooked. If you're adding it to a pizza, pasta, or pesto, make sure to add it last or just after the meal is done cooking to prevent the leaves from withering.
Native to the Mediterranean, Arugula has been used for its culinary value since Ancient Romans used it in salads, oils and as an aphrodisiac. Highly rich in Vitamins C and A as well as Potassium, Arugula is similar in shape to spinach and contains very little calories. Related to both Mustard and Nasturtiums, it has that peppery 'bite' and is most often used in salads combined with other lettuces.
Harvest the leaves while they're young, 6 to 8 weeks after planting. Cut larger outer leaves first or cut the entire plant back to about an inch above the ground. As the temperature gets hotter, so does the taste.
Arugula prefers moist but not soggy soil and is very low maintenance. Easily sown and grown in your garden or in a container or pot for indoor or patio gardens, Arugula is a delicious and nutritious edible that will spice up your recipes all year long!
This wonderful green combines with almost anything ~ toss in salads, combine with citrus fruits, add to pizza and toss into a stir fry. The taste gets muted when cooked, so make sure to keep that cooking time brief!