Arugula’s well-known name as ‘rocket’ is because of its rocket-fast growth speed.

It’s easy to grow arugula as it is drought resistant, grows in dry disturbed soil and grows up fast in short period.

Simply sow the seeds in a sunny location approximately every 20 to 30 days from early spring to fall.

It does flower and go to seed quickly. Collect seeds for growing more arugula.

Harvest

Simply pick the young leaves and the plant will keep creating more leaves for months. The older leaves are a bit hotter. The flowers are great in salads.

How to Store Arugula

Put in a plastic or a zip lock bag and store in the fridge. They usually last up to one week

Arugula Nutrition:

  • It is full of the minerals copper, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese and phosphorous.
  • High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
  • Also rich in thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid.
  • Arugula is low in oxalates which is good because oxalates inhibit mineral absorption in the body. Spinach has high levels of oxalate.

History:

  • In Roman times Arugula was grown for it’s leaves and the seed. The seed was used for flavoring oils.
  • Arugula seed has been used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac concoctions dating back to the first century, AD. (Cambridge World History of Food).
  • Arugula blossoms and leaves have been a popular ingredient in the cuisines of Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Turkey.
  • Arugula was brought to America by British colonists but it was not until the 1990’s that arugula became a culinary ingredient in the United States.