Friday, May 4, 2012

Sweet Arugula?

Last fall, I got a phone call from a friend of a friend who informed me that I won the lottery. Well. To me it was like winning the lottery...except there was no money involved. She called and asked, by chance, if I'd like to go with her and her family to glean fields at an organic farm that was done for the season.

WOULD I? (SNOOPY DANCE)!

We (Daughter and I) drive around in an old beat up chugger of a station wagon. We bought three shopping bags with us and filled them quickly with all kinds of wonderful produce - peppers, napa, savoy, red and green cabbages, boy choy, daikon radishes, turnips. Three bags didn't cut it. So I looked at Daughter, and she looked at me, and we just started piling produce into every nook of the car. It took a week to clean out the dirt completely, but it was worth it.

There were even plants that we were welcome to take or they would be composted. Lots of arugula. I had never even had arugula before, so I didn't know if I liked it. So I took two  as an experiment.

A few weeks later, I used power tools for the first time - ever. No one was hurt. I built the cold frame below and planted my arugula along with some lettuce to see if they'd make it through part of the winter.


Not only did they make it through the winter, they GREW all winter providing extra greens to our salads. And I DO like arugula - NO, love arugula.

This spring, I let the one on the left go to seed (to save), and actively pinch the one on the right to keep it producing leaves until my new seedlings are bigger. The buds of arugula are spicy and great in salads too!

Yesterday, I was cleaning out the cold-frame in front of the arugula, adding new soil and compost to get ready to plant radishes. All of a sudden, the sweetest smell that reminded me of baby powder wafted through the air. I looked all around and couldn't figure out where the smell was coming from.


Guess what? It was the arugula flowers! They smell heavenly! So I ate one. Starts off sweet and ends with a little spice. Bravo! What a pleasant surprise! Love to learn something new everyday.

This is a salad I've enjoyed lately for lunch: arugula, dandelion
greens, violet greens, sprouts, viola flowers, and some
homemade feta.
Next time I'll be sure to add some arugula flowers.

Take time to smell the arugula!
Enjoy the day-

This post linked to: Barn Hop #61, The Morristribe’s Homesteader Blog Carnival, Hearth and Soul, Frugal Days/Sustainable Ways, Homestead Helps Wednesday, Homemaking Link Up, Whole Foods Wednesday, Simple Live Thursday

9 comments:

  1. MMm....I love arugula too, and am growing some for the first time this year. We love the "yard salads" as my 40 year old son calls them.

    Rainy here in the St Louis metro area (sort of)...making a list of chores I can still do in the rain, lol, like getting another gallon of granola made today as there's less than a cup left from the last one.

    That gleaning adventure sounds right up my alley!!

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    1. Yard salads are the best! We're having goosefoot greens in our salads tonight along with the arugula.

      Today is our first day in a while without rain. Hopefully the sunshine is coming your way! Nothing like the smell of granola in the oven on a rainy day though.

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  3. I haven't tried Arugula yet. Need to try now. Looks perfect salad. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  4. I love arugula! It sure gets spicy when the weather gets hot though.

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  5. My arugula has never gone to flower, but now I am definitely going to let one go to flower! I love discovering edible flowers - they make such a lovely addition to salads.

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    1. And they're tasty too. They hold their shape even after being washed, spun, and refrigerated.

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  6. I almost planted some arugula this year. I love the taste but have never smelled the flowers. I think I am putting this on my list for next year.

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  7. It's not too late yet! The crop I'm still picking from was sown late last summer, overwintered in a cold frame, and going strong still. You could do a late summer planting :)

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