What you need to know:
Arugula is actually an herb and has a wonderfully peppery flavour with a hint of mustard. It is also known as rocket. The smaller the leaves, the smoother and less bitter the flavour. Arugula has to be thoroughly soaked and cleaned as it can have a lot of grit like spinach. You can eat plenty of arugula as it is just 25 calories for 100 g of fresh leaves. It is also packed with healthy nutrients including phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is also a powerful antioxidant. It also contains Vitamins A, K and C. It is great for young women who are trying to get pregnant as it is an excellent source for folic acid.
Arugula should be available all year round and if you cannot find it try larger grocery stores or gourmet grocers.
What to look for:
Leaves should be crisp and deep green. Avoid brown or limp leaves.
How to store it:
Arugula can be stored in a plastic bag for several days in the crisper.
Why you should try it:
Arugula can be used in place of lettuce to add a depth of flavour to sandwiches and salads. It is so lovely and spicy it adds a really zesty touch that will perk up many dishes. It goes wonderfully with the saltiness of cheese which has made it a popular topping on pizzas, added fresh before serving.