Arugula, Rocket

Eruca sativa

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Also garden rocket, rocket salad; rucchetta, rughetta, and rucola (Italian); roquette (French)

Including wild rocket (or wild arugula)

Despite arugula’s trendy position atop paper-thin pizzas and under little goat cheese discs, it did not burst onto the American scene with the Mediterranean restaurant boom. Rocket (a name now more common on the West Coast than the East Coast) was planted during colonial times and has been in and out of our culinary and medicinal vocabulary ever since.