Wild Arugula – ‘Eruca vesicaria sativa’
The Arugula Wild Rocket Salad, Roquette, ‘Eruca vesicaria sativa’, is one of the most popular new greens. The interesting flavor of arugula will add spunk to any boring salad.
Descriptions such as hot with a hint of nut flavor, tart, and spicy are used to describe Arugula. Nothing adds such an exciting, interesting flavor and texture to salads as this green.
It is most often eaten raw in salads but it is also steamed or added to many other dishes like pizza. The Wild Arugula is also a good container plant.
Arugula, when mature, grow to 2 to 3 feet tall, but the leaves are tastiest and less bitter when harvested 2 to 6 inches long. The flowers are also edible.
Plant in early spring, 3 to 4 weeks before the last average frost date and plant successive plantings thereafter every 3 weeks until first fall frost approaches.
Wild Arugula prefers light, fertile, moist, and well drained soil. In warmer climates, delay planting during the heat of the summer.