Arugula Blossom

September 27, 2013

“Arugula” usually refers to the edible leaves of Eruca sativa, but the blossoms are also edible.

While arugula is a bright peppery green, the flowers of the plant are a touch bitter when mature. When the yellow pollen is present before seeds have formed the blossoms are sweet and floral in taste. These are small treats with a touch of spiciness; they measure just over a centimeter in scale.

Since E. sativa is mostly consumed as greens, harvest the flowers immediately upon appearance.  The maturation of the flowers to seed signals the end of the plant for the season.

But the seeds produced by the plant are edible.  Collect the pods or allow the seeds to drop to sow more arugula for the next year.

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