Arugula

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Arugula is a good source of folate and vitamins A, C, and K. It is also rich with B-complex vitamins and certain phytochemicals. These chemicals help counteract the carcinogenic effects of estrogen, thus protecting against prostate, colon, breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.

History

Arugula was widely recognized during the Roman Empire; used for both its leaves and seed. The seed was used for flavoring oils and has been used as an aphrodisiac in concoctions dating back to the first century, AD.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Arugula can be kept for up to two weeks, if stored properly. Store arugula in a plastic zip lock bag with a dry paper towel (this helps the arugula to stay dry).

How to Prepare

Remove any yellow or tough stems before cleaning. Rinse arugula in a bowl with cold water. Swish the leaves around, allowing the dirt to fall to the bottom of the bowl. Dry leaves with paper towels, a clean kitchen towel, or in a salad spinner

Ways to Enjoy

Arugula has an aromatic, peppery-flavor and is a great addition to any salad. Add arugula to basil pesto or on top of a pizza for added texture and flavor. Arugula can also be quickly steamed or sauteed.

Health Benefits

Arugula is a good source of folate and vitamins A, C, and K. It is also rich with B-complex vitamins and certain phytochemicals. These chemicals help counteract the carcinogenic effects of estrogen, thus protecting against prostate, colon, breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.

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