Origin: Near East
Italian, from Latin eruca. Arugula is a wild lettuce. Similar to cress, it belongs to the Cruciferae family.
Arugula is a green with zip. Sometimes called rocket or roquette, arugula grows as long narrow leaves of a delicate green. When young, it has a wonderful flavor with nutty notes, though many people prefer it when mature for its piquant, slightly bitter taste.
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