Bright and potent green, delectable in the cooler months.
Foods have meanings that change over time. Mesclun mix salads containing arugula were staples of the Romans, but arugula was later banned by the Catholic Church due to its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Today, despite its ease of growth, arugula is sometimes used to symbolize snooty foodie culture. We are not bitter, but we don't think there are any vegetables too elite to grow in your humble home gardens, especially when they're as fast-growing and delicious as arugula.
Adult leaves can be harvested within four weeks of sowing. Its characteristic zing is irreplaceable and beloved by many. From the seedling stage until early maturity, it can be harvested for fresh eating in salads and garnishing sandwiches; when it gets older, it can be braised in olive oil for a terrific cooked green that is great with pasta dishes.
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Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked. If transplanting, do so promptly; seedlings grow quickly and checked growth can cause premature bolting. Harvest when young for fresh use and when slightly older for braising. It can become stressed in mid-summer but loves cool weather and will thrive throughout the rest of the season, making it ideal for succession sowing. Arugula is very hardy and will grow through winter with the protection of a cold frame or low tunnel.
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Artwork by Robert Morris (1931-2018). Morris was one of the pioneers of Minimalism, edgy performance art, and large-scale installation art, so this small saturated watercolor on vellum came as a surprise. It shows that he had a deep love of gardening and reverence for fresh food.