Arugula, Enrico Rao
- Dark green, oval-shaped leaves
- Peppery but slightly sweet flavor with succulent texture
- Quick to bolt in summer - best grown in the fall
- 40-50 days
(Rucola sativa) This family heirloom was passed down from Enrico Rao to his grandson Ric. Enrico received it from family he visited in Italy when he served in the U.S. Army during WWI. The dark green, oval-shaped leaves have a peppery but slightly sweet flavor with succulent texture. It is quick to bolt in summer - best grown in the fall. 40-50 days.
Learn to Grow it
You can sow these seeds directly into the soil 1-2 weeks before your last frost date. If you sow a section or row every two or three weeks, you can get a continuous crop.
These seeds can be broadcast evenly in sections of the garden to create a bed of tender leaves. Plant your seeds 1/8-1/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
This crop prefers to grow in cool seasons, so gardeners in Zones 8 and warmer should plant this vegetable in the fall. The shade from taller plants can help keep this vegetable cool in sunny gardens and warm climates.