Blast Off! What You Should Know About the "Garden Rocket" Green Known as Arugula

This sassy green is tender, versatile, and oh-so flavorful!

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Arugula is a dark leafy green that originates in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, ranging from Portugal to Lebanon. It belongs in the mustard family, which explains its slightly spicy herbaceous flavor, and often called garden “rocket” as a nod to the fact that it grows relatively fast. Arugula's uniquely peppery taste sets it apart from spinach and baby kale; it's especially popular in raw salads, though it has a lot of versatility. Top your pizza with arugula for a fresh contrast to melty cheese, wilt it with a little garlic and shallot and serve as a tasty side dish, or simply stir it into sauces, soups, pastas, and just about anything else you want to sneak some greens into (just be sure to add it at the end in low heat so it won't lose too much of its texture and color!)

Like all dark green leafies, the health benefits of arugula are vast. It's high in iron, vitamins A and C, and potassium. It's also very low-calorie and high in fiber, so it's an easy addition that will make any dish more nutrient-rich and satisfying. As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family along with broccoli and cabbage, arugula contains glucosinolates, which are sulfur-containing compounds that have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and play a role in lowering the risk of cancer in humans.

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Rev up your garden rocket with these recipes? 3...2...1...GO!

QUINOA-ARUGULA BOWL WITH DRIED TOMATO, WALNUTS & ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

ROCKET LINGUINE WITH SWEET PEPPERS, TOMATOES & HERBED GARLIC BREAD

RADISH-ORANGE ARUGULA SALAD WITH WHITE BEANS & HONEYED GOAT CHEESE

CARAMELIZED ONION PIZZA WITH CHICKEN, GOAT CHEESE & ARUGULA

SWEET GARLIC GLAZED SALMON WITH PENNE, ARUGULA & EDAMAME

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