Veggie Unearthed: Arugula
Your arugula came to us from Frog Song Organics of Orange Heights, FL — less than 100 miles from most of our customers’ homes.
This week’s Veggie Unearthed is also known as “rocket” in Canada, Australia and Britain. Low in calories and rich in potassium and Vitamin C, it originated in the Mediterranean where it is considered an aphrodisiac. At any rate, the 2 calorie count in a half cup serving is pretty exciting. Primarily used as a salad green, it has a strong, rich peppery flavor and is a perfect match for radish!
As with all greens, consuming it as soon as possible is recommended. Arugula can be gritty or dirty when it first arrives to your door, so be sure to wash thoroughly before adding to the recipe of your choice. Our favorite way to wash and store is in the lettuce spinner. But if you do not have a lettuce spinner dampen the leaves and set into a glass or plastic container and set into the refrigerator. It is important that the leaves stay “hydrated” to keep fresh, but do not oversaturate.
You can use Arugula raw in salads or cooked in dishes. Here are a few recipes to get you started:
- Arugula with Orzo and Garden Tomatoes
- Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill
- Egg, Arugula, and Herb Tartine
- Wilted Arugula and Pear Salad
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!