Why are people wild for wild arugula?

by Isabel Vinton

quatre_wild_arugula-600px We know enough people who are wild for Wild Arugula that we decided to celebrate it with an Art Pack. Gardeners and farmers love how quickly it grows, how easy it is to harvest, the tell-tale serrated leaf shapes, and the amplified arugula flavor. I hoped I could find an artist whose colors and shapes reflected the habit and punchy taste of the plant. As I combed through the entries I had Matisse in the back of my head - bold shapes, vibrant colors, and a cultivated wildness to the composition.

"I create work to bring a happy burst of color into people's lives. Right now, I am wild about collages." Natasha Zahn Pristas

When I came across Natasha Zahn Pristas's collages I could almost taste a pasta dish of penne, smothered in red heirloom tomato sauce, ringed by a pungent bright green halo of Wild Arugula. Natasha's crisp edged Matisse-esque collage highlights the bright and bold flavor of Wild Arugula. Surrounded by bright cut-outs of sweeter and tamer varieties like tomatoes and peas, Natasha's Art Pack shows that Wild Arugula is a perfect pairing in any fresh-picked meal.

Natasha's art also won the popular vote for our 2018 Seed Catalog. So if you're on our catalog mailing list, you'll be getting one soon!


Growing Wild Arugula

Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 30 to 50 days
Planting Depth ¼ to ½ inch
Spacing in Row 4 to 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 16 inches
Height at Maturity 3 to 6 inches
Width at Maturity 6 to 12 inches

Wild arugula can be direct sown as soon as soil can be worked. They can also be started early and transplanted. In either method, be patient and expect erratic germination. Because this crop is not as domesticated as regular arugula, it exhibits uneven germination, which is common in the wild. Harvest when young for fresh use, when slightly older for braising. The cool-loving green doesn't particularly like mid-summer, but it will do well most of the season: keep on sowing! Wild Arugula is very hardy and will usually survive the winter with little or no protection. It'll be one of the first things you can sow in spring!