Arugula, also known as garden rocket, is a nutritious green leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. A fast growing, cool season crop, arugula adds a wonderful spicy and peppery flavor to salads.
As in kale, arugula is an excellent source of vitamin A and is also rich in the B-complex group of vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B-6. In addition, it is an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin C.
Store leaves in a plastic bag in the hydrator drawer of the refrigerator. To prepare, rinse leaves off in cool water and pat dry. Arugula can be used raw in salads or cooked with other greens, although cooking will give the leaves a milder flavor. Try adding it as a pizza or spaghetti topping just before serving. It can be used in pesto and sauces, or try using it in place of spinach in omelets or quiches. It adds a unique flavor to grilled cheese sandwiches or BLT’s.