How to Harvest Arugula: Things you should know

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A wicker basket with freshly harvested Arugula leaves

If it’s your first time to grow Arugula in your garden, you’re probably wondering, “How to harvest Arugula?” Don’t worry because there are actually three ways to do it, but don’t worry about having to learn all three because I will guide you step by step on learning the best way to harvest Arugula from your garden.

But before that, let me tell you more about Arugula. Will you believe me if I tell you that Arugula is closely related to Radish? No, I’m not joking. Arugula belongs to the family of Brassicaceae makes it closely related to Radish, cauliflower and even Kale.

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​When your Arugula starts to grow, you will easily recognize it because it grows around 20cm and the Arugula flowering is a noticeable white tiny one. You will also notice that its leaves are lobes and there will be around 10 lobes per stem.

Did you know that even if Arugula is known to be grown by fellow gardeners, they actually are considered a wild species around the world? Sometimes they get mistaken as a type of lettuce but little did they know Arugula is more than that and is packed with different benefits.

​Arugula can greatly increase your Oxygen radical absorbance capacity, it works like a detoxifier in your body that gets rid of disease-causing free radicals. Since Arugula is packed with antioxidants, it also boosts your immune system.

But that’s not all! Because Arugula is packed with Vitamin A, people who regularly eat Arugula stated that it has made their bones, teeth, and even their eyes better than ever before. It also has Vitamin K, which is an anti-inflammatory, and at the same time promotes bone formation.

To sum it up, growing Arugula in your garden is a very good choice, you get a lot of benefits from it, and those you read from above, isn’t just it because those are only part of the many things you can benefit from harvesting your own Arugula from your own garden. So what should you have ready when you decide it’s time to harvest them?

​Things you should have to harvest Arugula

  • Well, there’s only one thing you’ll be needing here and that’ll be a scissors that are in very good condition. All you’ll need are scissors to cut the leaves.
  • But if you want the obvious then add in a container where you’d be putting your harvested Arugula.

How to Harvest Arugula

So how do we harvest Arugula? Doing it the right way is very important to ensure that the plant will grow you another supply of greens. Harvesting Arugula is very easy actually.

​Identify your plant

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A picture of an Arugula planted in soil

  • When it comes to harvesting Aragula, it’s very easy and there’s only 2 steps to make. You have to start by identifying if your plant is ready for harvesting. Only harvest the largest leaves should be harvested. Remember to cut as many as you need only because the more you cut the more it would produce. That could cause bolting.

Cut what you need

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A man harvesting Arugula with a scissors

Second step is to cut. Yes, that all. But remember to try to as much as possible cut around it and not in it. That way you won’t make your plant feel naked or have bald spots. Another thing is, remember to not cut too deep because your plant might die or it might not produce leaves in that area anymore.

Yes, that’s everything on how to cut Arugula from the garden, all you need to do is identify the long ones and cut them, the only thing you have to make sure of is that you don’t cut off the whole plant, that’s unless you don’t want it to grow back.

​Here’s a video of how to harvest Arugula from your garden:

Via: Youtube.com

What to do When Aragula Bolts

​There are varieties that bolts slower but regularly some factors make Arugula bolt sooner than lettuces. There are ways to prevent it though. If your Arugula is bolting, you can try picking any of its flower buds, some people say that usually works but for some it works for a while then gets the hang of it and start bolting again.

So what else could you do? You could try cutting them more often. But if that still doesn’t work, try to sow seed around every 3 weeks. At least you wouldn’t be stuck with one that’s bolting.

​Ways to Enjoy Your Harvested Arugula

​#01. Salads

Aragula makes an amazing salad whether you mix it with other greens or you have it on its own. It tastes good with vinaigrette but it is often preferred to be paired with a sweeter balsamic because of the balance it creates with the peppery taste.

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A fresh salad that has Arugula, nuts, strawberries, and balsamic sauce

​#02. On pizza

If you want to add some healthiness or just jazz up your store bought pizza, just mound some vinaigrette dressed Arugula into it. That way you get a healthy personalized pizza.

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A seafood pizza topped with Arugula

​#03. Toss into soups

If you want to add some greens to your soup, Arugula would be a great choice. Just toss in a handful after you turn the flame off and you’re good to go.

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A creamy soup with bacon and Arugula

​#04. Toss into pasta.

Just like how you do it with soups, just toss in a handful into your pasta while dressing it with sauce or add it to the sauce when you turn of the flame. Just remember not to cook the Arugula.

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Pasta with Arugula leaves

​#05. With eggs.

Just Sauté the Arugula with either olive oil or butter until it wilts then add in the beaten eggs. Season to taste and you’re done! Another way is to turn it into a bed for your sunny side up.

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A toast with sunny-side egg bacon and Arugula

​#06. Sandwiches.

Looking for a bit of spice for your sandwich? Arugula could be a tasty substitute for lettuce. Did you know that it’s the classic green for hot sandwiches, namely Panini?

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A salmon sandwich with Arugula

​#07. Roasted Vegetables.

This one would be the easiest, just toss your freshly roasted vegetables with Arugula before you serve it. The best match would be some roasted potatoes, beets, squash, and even some baby carrots.

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Roasted vegetables with Arugula on a wooden background

​#08. Pesto.

Out of basil? Or just want to try something new? Arugula would be a good substitute for basil and a good way to use your surplus of Arugula.

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Arugula made into pesto

​#09. Lasagna.

Instead of using spinach, try using arugula, or try a combination of both to give some spice and crunch into your lasagna, that way it’ll be tender but with a little more bite. Something different but definitely tasty.

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Lasagna with Arugula

A little bit of everything about Arugula in your garden

Where did it come from

Arugula most of the time gets overshadowed by some of its famous counterparts most commonly known as the broccoli and kale is a cruciferous vegetable. It has tender leaves that are actually bite size.

This vegetable naturally has a somewhat tangy and spicy flavor that’s very distinguishable. This vegetable, Arugula is commonly known for food, but what a lot doesn’t know is that it came from a long history before that.

​If you will base it to several historical accounts, they show that this vegetable has been first planted where its popularly incorporated to salads, the Mediterranean, and European regions. Did you know that this plant has appeared in the bible several times? Yes, it has. And that’s one show-tale that it has been around for a long time.

It was mentioned in the Old Testament, specifically the Book of Kings, it was then named Oroth, but as historians did their research it was believed that it was an Arugula. From Talmud and Mishna’s Jewish holy writing, Arugula was once again mentioned. And a Jewish historian also said that it was Arugula. And mind you, this was all since the first century AD.

​Back in the days, ancient Romans planted Arugula for different purposes. They used it as an aphrodisiac, it was then called eruca. An Elder that’s also a soldier and lawyer, also researched about Arugula.

In fact, he has an encyclopedic masterwork that talked about different ways to use Arugula during his days. And after going through his works, it was found that Arugula wasn’t just an aphrodisiac but a natural anesthetic as well. As we can see, it seems like Arugula is actually more than what we see it as today.

​Different varieties

​There are 3 different varieties of Arugula, one is the Eruca Selvarica. The difference of this with the others is that it takes more time to sprout. And compared to its counterparts its leaves are thinner and darker in color.

Another one is Eruca Sativa, this one is the more traditional one. Believe me when I say this type of Arugula could germinate in just 3 days. That’s the reason why impatient gardeners love them. It has a rounder leaves compared to the others.

And the last one is the Italian Arugula, this is the most common one today. It has long strap like leaves and can survive even under heat. That’s the reason why it’s typically grown in places with hot climates.

​Best way to Plant Arugula

​There wouldn’t be any problem if you live in a place where the climate is cold. This plant could definitely resist cold temperatures. If you’re starting from scratch, the best way is to start with seeds.

The best time would be in spring or on the later part of summer you could start sowing them. Plant in an area where sunlight is abundant, but if you’re in a place where it’s always hot put it in a place where there’s shade. Especially on its first weeks.

​Make sure to sow it at a depth of ¼ inch and make sure that there’s at least an inch space between each plant. But as it grows the space should also increase by around 6 inches.

Your plant would usually grow after four weeks, but everything will more likely depend on other factors like the effort you put in to make sure your plant isn’t just surviving but thriving as well.

​Care and Maintenance

​Basically, an Arugula is an easy plant to take care of, it doesn’t need much attention, unlike the others. But there are important factors to remember, the soil should be in a very healthy condition.

What we’re expecting here is a pH level of 6 – 6.5. Arugula could grow in a well-drained soil but you’d have to remember to water it more frequently than you would if it isn’t well drained. If you’re aiming for your plant to be healthy, of course, you are.

Then make sure to fertilize depending on what your plant needs. Let’s say there are yellow leaves then go for one that is a fish emulsion. As you see the needy-ness of the Arugula would depend on how its condition is.

​Conclusion

​So there goes every little bit of information you need to know about how to harvest Arugula. In this article we also added a “How to harvest Arugula Video”, to make sure you know how to cut Arugula from your garden.

Remember that planting Arugula is very easy to do and would be giving you more benefits than you know when you have it regularly. Before you start harvesting, keep in mind that you shouldn’t be cutting more than you need because that could lead to your plant bolting.

But if it’s too late and your plant has started to bolt, don’t worry because there are still some things you could do about it. Just keep everything we shared with you in mind today and you’re definitely good to go.

​So, what do you think about this article? Did we help you know how to harvest Arugula? Did we help you gain more knowledge about Arugula? Were you aware of its benefits before reading this article? Share whatever you think about this article down in the comment section.

And if you liked this article, and if it has helped you, feel free to share it and help more people learn more about harvesting and other things about Arugula! Have a great day!

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