Arugula, Rocket (Roquette)
HEIRLOOM. Zesty, peppery flavor.
Tender rounded leaves inject peppery pizzazz to mixed salads. Heirloom arugula can be enjoyed as a salad soloist, simply accompanied by a vinaigrette dressing. Seeds can be sown any time during the season. Best harvested young, after about 35 days. Arugula prefers cool weather.
How to Sow and Plant
- For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
- Sow in average soil in a sunny to partially shady area as soon as the ground can be worked.
- In rows 15 inches apart, sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
- Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- Arugula also grows well in containers. Use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.
- Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 3 inches high.
- Sow again in late summer in a protected area when the temperature is below 75°F.
- Tender young leaves have a robust flavor, they should be ready to use about 30-35 days after sowing.
- To harvest, pick off the outside leaves at the base of the plant. Leave center intact for future harvesting. Younger leaves, 2-3 inches long, taste best.
- You can also harvest whole plants by cutting off just below the crown.
- Stop picking once plants flower as the leaves will become bitter-tasting. Flowers are also edible.
- Wrap the leaves in a clean, wet tea towel, or damp paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate.
- Arugula is best when consumed within a 3-6 days of harvest if possible.
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