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Arugula (or rocket, ruculo) is a leaf vegetable which looks like a longer leaved and open lettuce. It is rich in vitamin C and potassium.  It has been grown in the Mediterranean area since Roman times, and is considered an aphrodisiac.

Made famous in a 2007 remark by then senator Obama:  “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”

With its rich, peppery taste, arugula has an exceptionally strong flavor for a leafy green. It is generally used in salads, often mixed with other greens in a mesclun, but is also cooked as a vegetable or used raw with pasta or meats in northern Italy and in coastal Slovenia.  In Egypt the plant is commonly eaten with ful medames for breakfast, and regularly accompanies local seafood dishes.


Arugula & Mint Pesto  

Arugula Salad with Corn and Red Onions