University of Maryland Extension

Arugula or Rocket Salad

Jane Talarico
Photo by Bob Orazi

Eruca sativa

Arugula has “rocketed” to popularity in recent years. An excellent late-season crop for home gardeners, the spicy, peppery flavor of arugula leaves add a zesty punch when raw in salads or cooked. Maybe that’s why ancient Egyptians and Romans considered arugula seed oil to be an aphrodisiac. Plant seeds every few weeks in either early spring or fall.  Thin seedlings to 6-9 inches apart.  Harvest the green deeply cut leaves when plants reach 8 to 10 inches, about six weeks after planting. To encourage more leaf production continuously harvest young leaves.

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