(Eruca sativa) Arugula, a quick-growing member of the mustard family, is easy to grow and amazingly nutritious. In addition to the flavorful leaves, the flowers, young seed pods and mature seeds are also edible! Direct sow arugula 1/8 inch deep in the spring after the danger of hard frost has passed, or in the late summer for a fall harvest. Ideal germination temperature ranges from 60-80 F but arugula will germinate in temperatures down to the 40s. Seeds will germinate in 5 to 7 days. Succession plant every two weeks for continued harvest. Arugula tends to bolt in hot weather, so summer plantings can be in partial shade. Excellent leafy green for winter farming.
(Diplotaxis erucoides) About 35 days to maturity. For those chasing the unmistakable tingle and mouth-watering flavor of true wasabi, look no further than the Wasabi arugula, a leafy crop that is becoming popular in Japan. The 4-8 inch tall plants with unassuming, softly serrated leaves are a delightfully spot-on replacement for that pungent horseradish-y condiment that is so loved with sushi. The Wasabi arugula is perfect for salads, for topping sandwiches and is so open to creative culinary interpretation! This short and stout plant is quick to mature, but also fairly quick to bolt; sowing multiple successions and eating the delicious flowers will help you enjoy this plant for a longer season! Wasabi arugula also provides much more vitamins A and C than other arugula varieties, which may be thanks to the fact that it is a different genus and species from traditional arugula.
(Diplotaxis tenuifolia) Reap the intense nutritional benefits of this wild green! Wild Rocket arugula is the perfect marriage of gourmet flavor and wild-foraged nutrient density. The mouth-watering spicy flavor of these greens is an indicator of the presence of glucosinolates, which are broken down by the body into powerful compounds that scientists say have the ability to fight cell damage and even some cancers. Rocket is also replete with vitamins, especially A and K, as well as xeaxanthan and lutein, which have been shown to help in with eye and vision health.