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Eruca vesicaria sativa
This delicious salad green fetches top dollar at the supermarket, but you can grow it for pennies at home. It has an intriguing, spicy, nutty flavor that gourmets love. Make a salad of arugula only or mix it with other greens.
Arugula grows best in cool weather, becoming peppery and bitter when weather turns hot. Full heads mature in five to six weeks; baby greens may be harvested after three weeks of growth.
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how to grow Arugula
Cut off young leaves when they're 2-3 inches long. Handpick individual leaves to extend the harvest, or pull up the entire plant.