Rocket Arugula Wild Cut - Seeds
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The Arugula herb is also known as rocket, salad rocket, roquette, rugula, and rucola. Roquette Arugula is generally used raw in salads, but also cooked as a vegetable with pastas or meats for a delicious taste like spinach. Four-petaled, white, purple-veined flowers top its flower stalks. Grow Arugula seeds for a rich, peppery tasting leafy green that makes excellent salads.
Relatively unknown to our shores, Rocket ‘Olive Leaf’ is an excellent selection of the traditional Italian olive leaf wild rocket. Known as 'A Foglia Di Olivo', the foliage and flavour are both untypical of the wild rocket we have recently come to know.
Olive Leaf has a beautiful light green colour and smooth shape similar to an olive leaf, without the serrations usually associated with wild rocket. It has a distinctive aroma and more intense flavour than the cultivated types but the flavour is more subtle than the usual wild rockets.
This perennial form of wild rocket is very easy to grow. It is a drought tolerant, extremely cold hardy, evergreen. It has a prostrate habit and is resistant to bolting.
Arugula grows fast. Set plants in the sunny garden in early spring for spring harvest or late summer for fall harvest. Plants prefer the cooler days of spring or fall. Like any leafy green, arugula requires a rich soil to make its best growth. Sow these herb seeds and enjoy a harvest 40 days later!
- Season: Annual
- Height: 4 - 10
- Bloom Season: Spring and summer
- Bloom Color: White
- Sun: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Evenly moist, pH 6 - 6.8
- Temperature: 45 - 70F
- Average Germ Time: 5 - 10 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/4 inch
- Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
- Moisture: Keep moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: Rows 8 - 10 inches a part
- Sow directly into a bed containing any good fertile, well drained soil. Use a line to mark out the row. Sowing in a straight line allows you to identify where your rocket seedlings are and which are the weed seedlings to pick out.
- Sow just a small quantity at one time, and then sow successionally, to harvest over a longer period. A 1m (3in) row is usually enough to get you started. Late summer sowings will carry on cropping into the winter if the plants are protected by cloches.
- Sow in spring for summer greens, and in autumn for winter greens.
- Sow thinly 6mm (¼in) deep in drills spaced 45 to 60cm (18 to 24in) apart. Sow the seeds thinly along the row, spacing them out as evenly as possible. The distance between the seeds should be about 3cm. (1¼in) Cover the seed lightly with soil. Remove any weed remnants or large stones as you go to ensure the plants have a good start.
- Water the seeds in well using a watering can with the rose attached. This means you drench the soil but minimise disturbance to the seeds.
- Flea beetle can be a problem in summer, nibbling holes in rocket leaves. The best defence is to cover the row with a length of horticultural fleece.
- Rocket will always want to flower in summer, because this is the time of year when all crucifers naturally flower, then produce seed.
- As autumn approaches, cover crops with sheets of horticultural fleece to keep the cold at bay, and you could be cropping right through to first frosts.
Simply pick the young leaves and the plant will keep generating new ones for months. Older leaves are a bit tougher and hotter. Pick over the whole row rather than just one or two plants as this would weaken them.
As the flower buds appear pinch them out to prolong cropping. The flowers are small, yellow with dark centers and can be used in the salad for a light piquant flavour.
- Arugula is a nutritional powerhouse, containing significant folate (folic acid) and calcium. Exceptionally high in beta carotene, vitamin C, and a good source of iron, Arugula is a member of the same family as cabbage and broccoli and like all such vegetables; it contains cancer-fighting phytochemicals called indoles.
- You can substitute water cress for a similar peppery flavour. You can also use fresh baby spinach (but the flavour will not be the same). Also dandelion greens have a tart flavour but a bit more bitter.
- Arugula is considered a vegetable when it is cooked and eaten like spinach, or it can be used more sparingly as an herb to flavor a salad, meat, or pasta sauce. It is not for those who prefer mild flavor like that of an Iceberg lettuce salad; it calls for an adventuresome palate.
- Try the leaves in some of our arugula recipes. Add arugula flowers to salads in late spring or summer as the plants grow a tall bloom. At this point the leaves may be more pungent than you like, but try them just in case.