An alternative to garden Arugula, wild Arugula (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) is now rapidly gaining favor in the US, especially with those who like fiery peppery flavors. Others may choose to use small amounts or temper the intensity by braising the leaves. ‘Grazia’ is an improved wild Arugula, compact and slower to bolt during hot or cold weather. It also grows well in semi-humid areas and has a longer shelf life after picking. In early Spring or Fall, plant 6-10” apart in fertile and well-drained soil. Harvest and use the young leaves in salads or sandwiches (the original wild type was once a part of the classic Roman salad); older leaves may be braised and added to pasta dishes or soups. After growing to 10” tall and wide, the plants will bolt in late Summer. The yellow flowers are very popular with pollinators. You can leave the plants to self-sow and provide seedlings for next year.
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