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More about Arugola
- Species name: Arugola
- Family: Cruciferae
- Plants per square patch: 9
- Height: 15 to 20 cm
- Sowing time: March - September
- Sowing depth: 0.5 to 1 cm
- Time to harvest: after 4 weeks
- Germination time: between 5 and 22°C in 3 to 11 days
- Sunlight: Can grow in the sun as well as in the shade
Sowing and growing Arugola
Arugola is one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
After sowing, the seedlings come up quickly. Be sure to water regularly: if the plants don't get enough, they'll start to flower.
You can start harvesting leaves after just 4 weeks with a bit of good weather. As long as you leave the center, the plants continue to produce new leaves.
Just don't wait too long to harvest the whole plant. Young leaves are by far the tastiest.
You keep sowing new patches to produce fresh plants, so you can enjoy arugola (almost) all year.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
Arugola leaves are delicious, and the buds and flowers are edible too. The young leaves have a milder taste than the older ones. When the plant starts to flower, the leaf flavor gets spicier.
Young arugola leaves are great raw: for salads, pizza topping, or healthy sandwiches.
The older leaves, the stem, and flower buds are delicious in mashed potatoes, stews, and stir-fries. Cooking makes the flavor milder.
The yellow flowers don't have as powerful a flavor. Use them to brighten up your salads.
Tip after harvesting: wilted leaves can be revived! Just put them in cold water for a bit.