How To Use Arugula From Your Garden


| 6/7/2011 12:44:00 PM


Tags: Patsy Bell Hobson, Arugula, Garden Giveaway, Renee's Garden, Tips,

Patsy Bell HobsonPatsy Bell Hobson is blogging at www.patsybell.com. When not in the garden or on the road, you can find her in southern Missouri. Read more of her travel stories at Striped Pot TravelFind more garden, travel and random rants on her Facebook page. 

My neighbor came over this morning and said, “OK, Patsy Bell, I grew arugula. How do I use it?” Here's what I had to tell my neighbor.

The English call it rocket; the French call it roquette, from the Italian rochetta. Native to the Mediterranean, arugula is a member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Its peppery mustard flavor makes it a favorite of mine in salads and mesclun mixes. I also use it in lettuce and cold pasta salads. In Italy, it is used as a pizza topping. 

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Add arugula to any summer salad.
Photo courtesy Renee's Garden.
 

Pick the leaves while young. The flavor gets stronger as the leaves get older and larger. Home gardeners have the advantage with arugula because it is quite perishable. Arugula is used fresh or steamed in the way you might use spinach. Keep it close to the kitchen, so you can easily pick a few leaves for sandwich greens or add a bit to homemade pesto and salad dressings.

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Arugula is slower to bolt than spinach.
Add to pasta salads or homemade pesto.
Photo courtesy Renee's Garden.
 




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