Arugula is a fast growing annual
salad green that you either love or hate. It has a strong peppery mustard
like flavor. Once used sparingly to add a bit of zing to a salad or
stir-fry, it has become a star in its own right and is often found as the
main ingredient in a salad.
The young leaves are the tastiest but if
the plants get too old to eat the leaves, try letting them flower and using
the flowers. These are rather nutty tasting and make a delicious garnish
mixed into salads, pastas or grilled vegetables. Add Arugula flowers to summer
sandwiches of fresh tomatoes and grilled eggplant.