Arugula

DAYS TO SPROUT

DAYS TO
SPROUT

4-21 days

MATURES IN

MATURES
IN

30-40 days

TASTE IT FOR

TASTE IT
FOR

N/A

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Care & Harvest

ūüí°Temperature:¬†Prefers cooler temperatures (60-70¬įF). If placed in higher temperatures, it will turn bitter and¬†bolt.

‚úāÔłŹ Pruning: Check the¬†roots¬†monthly and trim any that are brown or extending past the¬†yPod. To delay¬†bolting, cut yellow-flowering stems as they appear.

ūüĒé Plant Health:¬†Aphids¬†are a common¬†pest, but you can use our¬†prevention and treatment tricks¬†to keep pests at bay!

ūü•¨ Harvest:¬†Arugula does best and avoids bitterness when harvested all at once. Once the outer leaves of the plant reach 2-3 inches tall, harvest all of the leaves by cutting at their bases. For ongoing¬†harvest, snip the outer leaves just above the base of the plant once they reach 2-3 inches tall to let the inner leaves continue to grow. Larger leaves have a spicier, more bitter flavor. Don’t cut more than 1/3 of the plant if you want it to keep growing.

Quick Facts

Native to the Mediterranean, arugula has been cultivated for centuries and was first used by ancient Egyptians and Romans. Before it became a popular salad green, arugula was thought to be an aphrodisiac and was combined with¬†lavender¬†and other aromatic herbs to create ‚Äúlove potions‚ÄĚ.

Also called roquette, salad rocket, garden rocket, or rugula, this leafy green superfod has a sweet, nutty flavor when picked young that becomes more peppery and eventually bitter as the leaves grow larger. Like most dark leafy greens, arugula is high in a variety of nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, potassium, folate, and iron.

Arugula is a very versatile green, fresh or cooked. It’s great as a base in a mixed salad, in sandwiches, and as a topping on pizzas or omelets. Add it fresh on top of the dish when ready to serve.

Harvest to Plate Recipe

How To Cook Arugula

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups chopped arugula
  • 2 pounds of seedless or hothouse cucumbers (about 2 large), chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 cups chopped mixed tender herbs (such as¬†Basil,¬†Parsley,¬†Cilantro, and/or¬†Mint)
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • ¬ĺ cup olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add cucumbers, garlic, and half cup of water in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Put in Arugula, herbs, vinegar, and a large pinch of salt and purée, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed, until very smooth.
  3. With the blender on, slowly stream in oil; blend until emulsified. (The mixture will turn pale green and look creamy, almost like a salad dressing; add more oil and/or water if needed.)
  4. Taste gazpacho and season with more salt and vinegar as desired‚ÄĒyou want it to be borderline too salty and acidic at room temperature.
  5. Transfer gazpacho to an airtight container; cover and chill until very cold, 4‚Äď12 hours.
  6. Taste gazpacho and adjust with a little more salt and/or vinegar as needed just before pouring into chilled glasses.

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