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Friday, May 7, 2010


Arugula is a member of the mustard family and is generally used in Meditteranean style recipes, especially Italian cuisine. With its peppery and slightly bitter flavor, Arugula will add a kick to a basic salad. It's flavor is similar to watercress. Like most greens, Arugula is very low in calories and high in vitamins A and C. 

How to Grow
Arugula is a simple variety of greens to grow at home. Sow the seeds in a sunny location in succession plantings (approximately every 20 to 30 days) from early spring to fall.

Arugula performs best in spring to early summer. After that time, plant it under the shade of an "airy" tree (not dense shade), or under shade cloth. It is not fussy at all, although too much drought and summer heat will cause the leaves to be smaller and more "peppery".

To harvest simply pick the young leaves and the plant will keep generating new ones for months. Older leaves are a bit tougher and hotter.

To store , rinse the leaves in cool water and dry on paper toweling. Wrap leaves tightly in a zip lock bag. Best if used within two days.

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