Arugula, Roquette

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

Soil

Height

Width

Space

 Arugula, Roquette

 

 Eruca vesicaria

 Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae)

 Asia and Europe - exact native range is obscure

 Moist - not soggy

 

 Full sun - Part shade (afternoon shade in summer)

 Light textured; fertile and well-drained

 12-24"

 18"

 6"

Price

4" Pots:  $2.20

6" Pots:  $3.50

Clay pots and other planters:  Prices Vary

Description

  • Lobed medium- dark, green leaves intermixed with reddish purple leaves.

  • Flowers are a creamy white with purple veins 

  • The leaves have a spicy flavor - peppery, mustardy with a hint of nuttiness. 

Keeping it Going

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.  

  • Move to a partially shaded area during hot weather.

Won't Tolerate

  • Frost

  • Long, hot days and lack of water (bolts and becomes bitter)

History & Points of Interest

  • Flowers are edible.  They taste like a milder version of the leaves.

  • Arugula wasn't popular as a salad green in the USA until the 1990's.

  • High in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, iron, folates.  It is also an antioxidant.

  • Roquette isn't as sharp in flavor as the Wild Arugula

  • The Brassicaceae family includes:  alyssum, watercress, broccoli, turnip, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, etc.

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