“I like to make pasta with puttanesca sauce and arugula salad” - Alanis Morissette
Arugula, with its peppery taste, balances sweeter elements in salads and other dishes, plus packs a nutritional punch!
Five Fun Facts
- While arugula has a similar appearance to lettuce, it’s actually in the same family as mustard greens.
- Arugula was believed to be mentioned in ancient texts such as II Kings 4:39 in the Bible (called oroth but believed to be the same) and also Jewish holy writings such as the Talmud & Mishna.
- Arugula seed oil has been used in a variety of ways including for hair, skin, etc. in folk medicine for many years.
- In the Gulf of Naples, an alcohol called rucolino is made from arugula, also called rocket, on the island of Ischia.
Arugula is a good source of
- Vitamins C, K, A
The nutrients in arugula have been shown to reduce the risks of developing cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. Arugula is also useful for controlling weight as it is low in calories in general as well as low in carbohydrates, fat, and sugar, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
While arugula seems to carry little risk, the Vitamin K in it can minimize the effects of blood thinners, so be careful about the amounts you consume if you take such medicines.
For the Kids and Kids-at-Heart
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