Taste: Fresh arugula leaves have a distinctive spicy kick that will turn up the flavors in your salads, pastas, sandwiches, and sauces. The flavor can be bright, tart, peppery, and slightly bitter, depending on its maturity. Baby arugula is delicate and mild, while mature arugula is much spicier.
Benefits: Arugula is low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat, and rich in nutrients including, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and folate. These leafy green vegetables are full of beta-carotene and antioxidants, which boost the immune system and may promote eye and bone health.
Culinary Use: Arugula is frequently served raw in salads. The peppery flavor pairs nicely with other strong flavors like salty cheeses, bright citrus, and more. It’s also used to top cooked pizzas or whirled into pesto. The greens can also be sautéed for a mild side dish or added to soups, pasta, and other dishes.