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Dragon's Tongue Arugula
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Dragon’s Tongue arugula is a cool season herb, but it can withstand the heat of summer and continue to produce new leaves. The plant can reach heights of 12 to 18 inches. The green-leaves of Dragon’s Tongue arugula have a vivid purple vein running down the center of the leaf, and branching out onto each of the leaf’s deeply serrated lobes. The flavor is peppery with a bite, a bit more intense than common arugula. Dragon’s Tongue arugula produces small yellow flowers in the summer which are edible, and slightly sweet.
Dragon’s Tongue arugula is available year-round.
Dragon’s Tongue arugula is a variety of wild arugula, sometimes called ‘Red Vein’ arugula or Dragon’s Tongue rocket. Botanically, wild arugula is known as Diplotaxis tenuifolia. The British variety is popular for both its flavor and its color.
Dragon’s Tongue arugula, like it’s common cousin, contains folic acid and calcium. The nutrient-rich leaves contain a high amount of beta-carotene and iron and vitamin C.
Dragon’s Tongue arugula can be used as either a vegetable or an herb. Add Dragon’s Tongue arugula to a salad with romaine, spinach and a tangy goat cheese. Chiffonade the red-veined arugula to be used as a garnish for pastas or pizza, or use in place of basil for a peppery pesto. Use Dragon’s Tongue arugula in lieu of spinach for wilted greens or add at the end to sautéed vegetables for a peppery finish. Add additional flavor to sandwiches with the peppery leaves. Wash leaves, roll in a paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days. Arugula is best used within 2-3 days.
The British call arugula ‘rocket’ and it has been used for salads in England since the era of Queen Elizabeth I. The peppery herb dates back to Roman times, where it was a component of a typical salad served in a Roman household, along with romaine and chicory.
Dragon’s Tongue arugula was developed in Britain, where it is cultivated and sold as seed. The burgundy-veined variety is bolt resistant, meaning it doesn’t go to seed in the heat of the summer, so leaves can be harvested through the season and beyond. Arugula is native to southern Europe and western Asia, and has been around since at least Roman times. The relatively new Dragon’s Tongue variety is mostly available through seed companies and can be found at local farms and farmer’s markets.