What is Arugula?

Arugula (derived from the Latin work eruca), is a type of leafy vegetable that has a slightly bitter, peppery flavor. It is a member of the cabbage family.

A Salad of Arugula Leaves in a bowl. Shallow dof
A Salad of Arugula Leaves in a bowl. Shallow dof

Arugula is also called rocket or rughetta. It is a native to Italy, and other Mediterranean countries. It also grows wild in Asia. I grew up eating arugla salads. It was often served with other leafy vegetables, such as Boston lettuce or red leaf lettuce due to it strong flavor.

You will find that their leaves are usually between 2 and 4 inches long. They resemble dandelion leaves. Arugula is one of the traditional ingredients of the Provencal mesculum.

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