April - May
Arugula has had a rollercoaster of a history, going in and out of fashion over the last three centuries. Luckily for this spicy green, it’s now hip again. Arugula may also be called rocket in England and North America, and there are a number of varieties—including wild arugula which is even more peppery—that you may find at the farmers market.
You may find tender, mild arugula sprouts in early spring, but it is at its peppery height in mid- to late spring. Once the plant flowers, the leaves are usually not good eating, but the flowers make a lovely edible garnish on salads. Arugula is usually organically produced since the peppery flavor is a natural deterrent for pests.
Nutrition: High in Vitamin C and folate, and a good source of calcium