Large box folks have a bundle of this piquant herb in their boxes this week. Arugula is related to mustard greens, cabbages, bok choy, kale, and broccoli. This spicy green is also called garden rocket, or salad rocket.
Balance the pungent flavor of arugula with sweet fruits or salty meats. You can use arugula as a salad green, put whole leaves in sandwiches, or use it to top a pizza. Cooking the leaves lightly by steaming or sautéing or by mixing them with milder greens can tame the flavor if it’s too strong for your taste. It can also be used in a pesto sauce with pasta, or slightly wilted with olive oil, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and Parmesan.
The flowers of the arugula plant are also edible.
Store your arugula unwashed in a plastic produce bag wrapped in a paper towel. It can also be stored in a glass of water, like flowers, loosely covered with a plastic bag in the fridge.