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19 Ways to Enjoy Arugula

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19 Ways to Enjoy Arugula

All about arugula

Also known as rocket, rucola, or roquette, this peppery green has been cultivated in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. With high levels of potassium and vitamins A and C, arugula is a nutritional powerhouse. It makes more of a punch, flavor-wise, than most other leafy greens, which lends itself nicely to a variety of dishes. Click through to check out just some of the ways to use arugula, and see below for some basics on this tasty green.

Shopping Tips

The best arugula is uniformly dark green, with no yellowing or wilted leaves.

Cleaning Tips

Odds are, you may notice a little dirt or grime on your arugula. That’s fine, though, because doesn’t say much about the quality of the product. If you’ve purchased loose leaves, cut off the stems and rinse the leaves in a bowl under cool running water. If your arugula is in a bunch, place it in a bowl of cool water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain leaves in a colander, and rinse.

Storage Tips

Wrap cleaned leaves in a paper towel and place in a plastic zipper storage bag. They should stay fresh for about a week; unwashed arugula only keeps for a few days.

Size Matters

All arugula is not created equal. Smaller, younger leaves have a milder flavor, whereas larger, older leaves pack more of a punch. Get to know the difference when choosing leaves for a recipe — you’ll likely find that you prefer one flavor over another. I, for instance, prefer the younger leaves in pesto and salads, but would pick older leaves for pizza or soup any day of the week.

Do you have a preferred way to enjoy arugula? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:34PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:05AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Great tasting leaves

2:22PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Uwielbiam rukolę.

5:44PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Sure bookmarked!

5:39PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Bookmarked for I always have it growing in the garden, it self seeds readily!

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sounds delicious, have tried this before and it is tasty especially if grown on one's balcony.

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7:40AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Yum, thank you! I will definitely try some of these ideas and share them with my family!!

2:11PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012


11:14AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for the article!

3:36AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

I always use rocket...

One of my favourite salads is: Rocket, crispy prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, fresh summer peaches, goats feta and roasted japanese pumpkin (also called Kent pumpkin)

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