Sylvetta Arugula

Sylvetta Arugula

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This perennial heirloom originated in Italy. Often referred to as Wild Arugula, it is a full season grower. This plant forms small bushes, with multi-stems loaded with small 2 inch very pointy olive green leaves.

This zesty salad addition stays productive right through summer. The yellow flowers are mild and delicious. Mulch cover to overwinter. Easy from seed, direct plant in spring .

Iceberg lettuce has long been displaced by such flavorful greens as arugula. Delicious wilted in warm salads.

Even if your tomatoes get black spot and your zucchini plants never fruit, you can still grow arugula. This resilient green, which thrives on windowsills or in rich garden soil, needs only three hours of direct sunlight each day.

When harvesting, pinch off the outer leaves and ignore the center ones—arugula can produce greens continuously from April through October.

Arugula is rich in phytonutrients, which may reduce the risk of several kinds of cancer, including breast, stomach and colon. It also contains small but helpful quantities of other compounds: One cup delivers 5 percent of the RDA for vitamin C and 3 percent of the RDA for calcium—and contains just 5 calories.