With Spring arriving and its longer days and (hopefully) warmer and sunnier days as well. It’s a time to clean, reset and recharge. Although many of us make resolutions in the New Year, others obtain an energy in Spring, similar to a bear coming out of hibernation: we are more alert, awake and motivated. We may feel like eating lighter meals and become more active.
Lighter meals often include salads, but it’s easy to get into a salad rut. Keep your taste buds happy, never bored, with our Fresh Arugula Salad Recipe, incorporating seasonal ingredients like fennel and mint.
We love arugula (also called “rocket”) for its spicy, peppery flavor and it’s many benefits! Like other cruciferous greens such as kale and broccoli, it’s a nutritional powerhouse to infuse your body with health and vitality, help protect you from disease,and aid in detoxification.
Arugula (from Wikipedia)
Arugula /əˈruːɡulə/ or rocket is an edible annual plant in the Brassicaceae family used as a leaf vegetable for its fresh peppery flavor. Other common names include garden rocket, or simply rocket (British, Australian, South African, Irish and New Zealand English), and eruca. Some additional names are “rocket salad”, “rucola”, “rucoli”, “rugula”, “colewort”, and “roquette”. Eruca sativa, which is widely popular as a salad vegetable, is a species of Eruca native to the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal in the west to Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey in the east.
Eruca sativa grows 20–100 centimeters (8–39 in) in height. The pinnate leaves have four to ten small, deep, lateral lobes and a large terminal lobe. The flowers are 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) in diameter, arranged in a corymb in typical Brassicaceae fashion, with creamy white petals veined in purple, and having yellow stamens; the sepals are shed soon after the flower opens. The fruit is a siliqua (pod) 12–35 millimeters (0.5–1.4 in) long with an apical beak, and containing several seeds (which are edible). The species has a chromosome number of 2n = 22