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ARUGULA SELVATICA

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Exceptional Variety: Broadleaf Arugula

Broadleaf arugula is a variety of arugula characterized by larger and wider leaves compared to other varieties. It has a spicy and slightly bitter flavor, similar to common arugula. The leaves of broadleaf arugula are tender and dark green.

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Definition: Wild Arugula, a Variety with Intense Flavor

Wild arugula, also known as wild rocket or arugula arugula, is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the cruciferous family. It is a variety of common arugula but with a spicier and slightly more bitter taste.

Shape and Appearance: Toothed Leaves and Erect Stems

Wild arugula has green, toothed leaves that grow in a basal rosette and on erect stems up to 50 centimeters tall. Its flowers are small and white, producing elongated and narrow fruits.

Composition and Nutrients: Rich Nutritional Contribution

Wild arugula is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, and folic acid. Additionally, it contains antioxidants, flavonoids, and sulfur compounds that give it its nutritional properties and health benefits.

Origins: Mediterranean and Asian Heritage

Wild arugula originates from the Mediterranean regions and Western Asia. It is believed to have been cultivated by the ancient Romans, who used it in cooking and medicine.

Culinary Uses: Versatile Flavor and Pleasant Texture

It is commonly used in salads and as a dressing to add flavor and texture. It is also used in making pizzas, pastas, and other Italian dishes. Due to its spicy and bitter flavor, wild arugula is often used as an ingredient to add flavor and texture to hearty dishes like meats and fishes. It can also be used to make pesto.

Therapeutic Uses: Health Benefits

Wild arugula contains antioxidant compounds that can help prevent cellular damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart diseases. Additionally, its high vitamin K content can help improve bone health and reduce the risk of fractures. Its folic acid content has also been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and preventing neural tube defects in the fetus during pregnancy.

Curiosities: Ancient History and Aphrodisiac Properties

Wild arugula is a very old herb that has been used in cooking and medicine since the time of the ancient Romans. Additionally, it is believed to have aphrodisiac properties and is attributed with the ability to increase libido.

Current Cultivation: Wide Geographical Spread

It is cultivated in many parts of the world, including Italy, France, Spain, and South Asia. It is an easy plant to grow and can thrive in a variety of climates. It can be grown in pots at home or in gardens and fields on a large scale. Wild arugula is also a plant that can be grown year-round.

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