I grow arugula in my summer garden which is planted in February. It’s an easy lettuce to grow, sprouts within days and within a week or two you can pick baby arugula which isn’t as strong tasting as when it gets bigger.
When I travel in Italy one of my favorite things to look forward to when eating is to see if there is rucola on the menu. It’s listed as an Insalata on the menu and typically what you’ll get is a bowl of rucola lettuce and a wedge of lemon. Thanks it, plain and simple. I can honestly say that it tastes so much better in Italy then anywhere else I’ve had it and I know it’s because it’s always served at it’s freshest.
I like to squeeze the lemon over the rucola, add a little olive oil and if available sprinkle on some fresh parmesan or pecorino cheese. Oh, it’s so good.
So why am I writing so much about arugula you ask? Well, with the temperatures so hot here in the sunny southwest arugula usually lasts until early May. Then no more arugula. This is not a typical lettuce that is carried in the stores but one store, Sprouts, carries it on occasion when in season.
Well, arugula is not in season right now so imagine how happy I was when I saw it on the shelf at Sprout’s yesterday. Yahoo. Happy camper here.
If you haven’t tried arugula I encourage you to give it a go. If you don’t like eating it as a salad put it in soup, stew, or pasta dish. You won't be disappointed. Try it instead of spinach, a little change a pace.
Do you have a favorite food that can’t be found often?