From the genus Eruca

  • 05 May - 11 May, 2018
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Nutritional Profile

Arugula provides 25 calories per 100gm; 0.7g of fat, 2.6g of protein, 269mg of potassium, 27mg of sodium and 3.7g of carbohydrate.

Interesting facts

· Arugula is closely related to radish, kale and cauliflower, and has a number of different names, like garden rocket, rucola, roquette, and colewort.

· The name "garden rocket" refers to the fact that arugula grows extremely fast (rocket speed). Leaves are ready for the harvest 40 days after sowing of seed.

· Oil obtained from the seeds of arugula, called taramira oil, is used for cooking and preparation of salads. This oil can be also used in medical and cosmetic purposes.

· Arugula was very popular in the Ancient Rome because of its aphrodisiac properties.

· It is frequently cultivated near basil and parsley in the gardens because it repels pest with its spicy smell and taste.

Health facts

· Arugula can increase libido and improve health of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems by increasing motility of bowel.

· It can also reduce inflammation, facilitate removal of toxins, heavy metals and pesticides from the body, relieve symptoms of gastric ulcers and prevent development of certain types of cancer.

· Arugula is good source of vitamins A, C, K, vitamins of the B group (especially B9) and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.


Many studies suggest that increasing consumption of plant foods like arugula decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.