Arugula is also known as Salad Rocket, Rucola, Rucoli, Roquette, or Colewart. It is an annual salad green with a peppery flavor. Arugula prefers cooler temperatures, so plant it early in the spring and late in the fall. Pick the leaves small for less peppery flavor. The leaves will get much stronger when the plant bolts (sets flowers). The white flowers are edible, or you can leave them to get seeds for the next planting season. From planting to first harvest is about 40 days, so if you plant new seeds every three weeks or so, you should have a continuous harvest. If growing arugula in the summer, or warmer climates, plant it in partial shade. Otherwise, spring and fall plantings should be in full sun. Arugula is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folic acid, and iron. In ancient times it was used as an aphrodisiac. The plant is said to grow two or three feet tall, but I believe this includes the flower stem. One half cup (1/2c) of arugula is two or three calories.
Notes: Indeterminate heirloom from Mexico, requires support for large plants. Prolific production, regular leaf. Sometimes a mutant white version shows up.
Color: Red with Yellow Stripes
Size: Ping Pong Ball or smaller
Notes: Also known as Amurskiy Tigr or Siberian Tiger. This variety is from Russia. It's semi-determinate. Red with stripes. You can tell this one is ripe when the stripes change from green to yellow. Productive, but may crack if ripe fruit is left in the rain.
Seed Stash Blog
In an attempt to keep my seed stash organized, and yet easily accessible, I'm going to use this blog. The plan is to make a blog post for each seed variety as I research it, tagging it to pertinent information. That way, I can come back later and search through the seed stash (even if I'm not at home), or sort results by growing factors!