Arugula, Roquette (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) - 200 Seeds

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Roquette Arugula (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) - 200 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow once established
•USDA Zones 3-12

Description:
Arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket,is one of the nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins. It belongs within the Brassicaceae family similar to as mustard greens, cauliflower, kale…,etc., and has the scientific name: Eruca sativa. Some of common names of garden rocket are rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, roquette, etc. Salad rocket (arugula) is a quick growing, cool season crop. It prefers well-drained, fertile soil, and full sunlight to flourish. In general, arugula grows to about 2-3 feet in height with creamy-white edible flowers. Its leaves can be ready for harvest within 40 days of sowing the seed.

Culinary Uses:
Arugula is frequently served raw in salads. The peppery flavor pairs nicely with other strong flavors like salty cheeses, bright citrus, and more. It's also used to top cooked pizzas or whirled into pesto. The greens can also be sautéed for a mild side dish or added to soups, pasta, and other dishes.

Medicinal Uses:
Arugula is full of antioxidants -- compounds that can protect against or reverse damage to your cells. Arugula also has glucosinolates. These natural substances, which give arugula its bitter taste and strong scent, may protect you against certain cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers. Arugula may also fight inflammation. It has ample vitamin K, which is good for your bones and may help prevent osteoporosis.

Growing Instructions:
When all danger of frost has passed, direct sow arugula in full sun or partial shade, 1/4" deep and 3-6" apart in rows 10" apart. For continuous harvest, plant a new crop every 2-3 weeks until the heat of summer. Arugula tastes better when grown as a spring or fall crop since excess heat causes bitterness in the leaves. For a fall crop, plant the seeds in late summer. Arugula also grows well as a container plant or throughout winter in a greenhouse or a cold frame. Arugula can tolerate light frost, but if heavy frost comes, provide protection for the plant. Keep arugula soil moist. Adding a layer of mulch can help with this.



Collections: Herbs , Vegetables