Arugula is the American name for a delicious and delicately spicy green also known in other countries as rocket, rucola, rugola, roquette and rucchetta. Long a staple of Mediterranean diets, arugula has only recently achieved something of a cult status here in the United States with the advent of pre-washed baby arugula.
Arugula’s leaves are elongated, notched and multi-lobed like the leaves of an oak tree. At Earthbound Farm, we grow 2 kinds of arugula, depending on growing conditions: wild arugula has more deeply serrated leaves and a slightly bolder flavor; regular arugula has rounder, fuller leaves and a more delicate texture.
Baby arugula has a mildly spicy, nutty flavor; it’s a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes, hot or cold. It’s terrific as a counterpoint to sweet fruit, salty prosciutto or capers, and rich cheeses and nuts. Outside the salad bowl, arugula adds dimension to risottos, pastas and pizzas.
Why choose organic arugula?
How to store arugula
Tips for using arugula
A versatile powerhouse
Earthbound Farm Organic Arugula is an excellent natural source of vitamin A, which plays a role in the maintenance of healthy eyes and skin, and vitamin K which helps the body produce blood-clotting proteins and is important for bone health. As a nutrient powerhouse, arugula is also an excellent source of vitamin C and folate, and a good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Despite its leafy appearance, arugula belongs to the same plant family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, called cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables are unique in that they’re rich in compounds that, in conjunction with a healthy diet, have been linked to a number of potential health benefits. Additionally, arugula is a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants shown to promote eye health and possibly protect against age-related macular degeneration (eye disease).
Arugula is a great choice for people who avoid dairy products, as it’s low in a molecule called oxalate. This molecule is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables (in varying amounts) and can compromise the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Why choose organic arugula?
Like most greens, arugula absorbs nutrients into its cells — and when it’s grown conventionally, arugula also readily absorbs impurities like pesticides.
Earthbound Farm certified organic arugula has been raised without toxic synthetic chemicals, using sustainable farming methods that safeguard your health and the environment. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic arugula tastes better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for many organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
Tender young leaves with a mild peppery flavor, a perfect accent for salads and recipes.
Baby Arugula Blend
A bold, colorful combination of young arugula, frisée and radiccchio.