Storage Tips: When purchasing Arugula, look for leaves that are bright green and crisp. Avoid any that look wilted or have a slime-like film
Arugula has a shorter shelf life than other salad greens, so it should be used soon after purchasing.
To store fresh Arugula, wrap the leaves in slightly dampened paper towels and place in a clear plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. It can also be stored in a tall clear glass with about 1-2 inches of water in the bottom.
Usage Ideas: Arugula is a great addition to any mixed salad greens, but also works well alone in combination with other bold flavors
The leaves have a strong, peppery bite to them, so sweetened dried fruit like cranberries and creamy cheeses such as blue cheese or goat cheese crumbles are a great pairing with raw or cooked Arugula
Try sautéing fresh Arugula in olive oil with come chopped garlic, salt, and pepper, or add it to your favorite pasta dish
Use fresh Arugula in place of Basil in homemade pesto sauce.
Fun Facts: Arugula, a common salad green, goes by many other names. You may recognize it as rocket, roquette, or rugula, and it is actually related to both radishes and watercress (1)
Arugula is high in vitamin A and C (7)
Arugula is often thought to be an aphrodisiac. The ancient Romans would not only eat the leaves, but also made infused oil with the seeds, which they used to cook meats and vegetables (7)