No Argue Arugula

The plant family. Arugula. Salad Rocket. Roquetta. Rucola.  Call it by any name. It remains a unique, serrated leaf shape with signature peppery flavor. Botanically it’s called Eruca sativa and is a member of the Brassicaceae family. 

The intelligence. Three and one half ounces of arugula gives a great deal of nutrition smarts. Arugula’s calcium richness, unusual for a vegetable, helps build bone and teeth health, muscular contraction, blood clotting and aids in increasing energy. 

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 25 Kcal 1%
Carbohydrates 3.65 g 3%
Protein 2.58 g 5%
Total Fat 0.66 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g 4%
Vitamins    
Folates 97 µg 24%
Niacin 0.305 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid 0.437 mg 8%
Pyridoxine 0.073 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.086 mg 7%
Thiamin 0.044 mg 4%
Vitamin C 15 mg 25%
Vitamin A 2373 IU 79%
Vitamin E 0.43 mg 3%
Vitamin K 108.6 µg 90%
Minerals    
Calcium 160 mg 16%
Copper 0.076 mg 8%
Iron 1.46 mg 18%
Magnesium 47 mg 12%
Manganese 0.321 mg 14%
Zinc 0.47 mg 5%

Aside from all that exciting data, arugula is very versatile in recipes, as a garnish to many entrees, salads and sides. Here is a fun recipe for you to try. Arugula along with a variety of other microgreens will make this pesto pop. 

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