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Monday, September 10, 2012

Arugula From My Garden

Until a couple of years ago, I didn't even know
what arugula was!  Isn't it wonderful all of the
fresh flavors we now enjoy?  

Arugula is native to the Mediterranean and 
although it is described as peppery, I can't
really place a flavor with it except to say it
is savory and I am absolutely in love with it!

I tried growing it last year but as it is a 
cold weather plant
 and I planted it in May, it didn't
do well.  This year I got it in in February and
it was everywhere! Now a second planting
and I have some for fall.  You can also purchase it at the store.

I can't get enough of it.

I had some homemade French Bread (actually it was my leftover
which is the same as a French bread dough -
no oil in it - and I made it into a large round loaf and baked it
in the pizza oven), and I just made a simple sandwich with deli 
turkey and mayo and mustard, then piled the arugula on top.

Personally, I think arugula must have addictive qualities to it!
It will now be a spring and fall garden staple.  I will let some of it 
go to seed  so it will come up early next year.

If you haven't met up with arugula yet, give it a try!


Blondie's Journal said...

I've never tried arugula myself...I've heard it is bitter if not combined with the right ingredients. Your sandwich does look delicious though and I could probably grow it well here with our short summers. Oh, and your bread looks wonderful!


Mary Palumbo Collings said...

I'm with you, Arugula is delicious. It grows pretty much wild in my region of Italy. I'm glad that it has gained so much popularity here in America... I think you'll find that now that you've grown it, it will reseed easily. Have a great day...Ciao for now.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

By the way, have I told you that your blog is fabulous?
Ciao again...

Designs By Pinky said...

I like arugula ok, don't love it. I guess it depends on what it is paired with, for me. I always use spinach in place of lettuce on my sandwiches but I will try the arugula. I bet it is super with deli turkey. XO, Pinky

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've had it in a salad mix, but never by itself. If you've let it go to seed I'm sure you'll be enjoying even more of it next year Jacqueline:@)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh it looks delicious.. To be honest, I had no clue what Arugula was. Glad I came by.
Enjoy your evening...Penny

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I love arugula just in a salad with pignolia nuts (toasted a little bit) and a touch of olive oil and coarse salt! Your sandwich with the interesting bread idea also looks delicious. Linda

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

SWOON! I am in love with everything about this post. Arugula = my favorite for salads, sandwiches, and atop pizza. The bread = genius!

Shyra said...

Wow! That really looks tasty and very healthy too. I will surely try this. Thanks a lot for the post. Check my page at

Ruffled Romance said...

I just started a new blog and I found you through Courtney at French Country Home. You have a beautiful blog and I am your latest follower.

Natasha In Oz said...

We call it rocket over here in Australia and I love it too! Have you tried tossing it with some hot cooked pasta, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, cracked pepper and sea salt? It sounds simple but it is divine! Don't forget the parmesan cheese!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz


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