Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saving Seeds - ARUGULA

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Saving Seeds - ARUGULA

About a month ago I shared with you the health benefits of eating Arugula and a few growing tips - today we are talking about saving Arugula seeds so that you will have many more years of Arugula enjoyment!

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After the Arugula plant has flowered - long spindly pods will start to appear.  These skinny pods will be green at first but then by the end of the summer these pods will be dried and light tan in color.  Cut the stalks of pods when they look like the picture above.

As you can see by the picture below - inside these little pods are the tiny Arugula seeds.
An easy way to release the seeds from the pod is to place the pods into a large paper bag and begin crunching the pods with your hands (wear gloves to protect your hands).  Now, kind of close the top of the bag and then shake.  Keep on shaking until you see many hundreds of seeds in the bottom of the bag. Remove & discard the pod chaff and then place your seeds in a clearly marked smaller paper bag.  Store in a cool dry place until next year.

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Arugula Recipes on this blog:

1.  Arugula Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

2.  Grapes'n Grain Chicken Salad served on a bed of fresh greens including Arugula

3.  Arugula Cranberry Cashew Salad


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  1. Sounds like an easy to grow plant. :)

  2. We planted arugula this year, but it bolted and flowered almost immediately. We planted it early the same time as our leaf lettuce. I'm still perplexed about it. Ideas? Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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    1. Wow - that is very unusual. Was it an unusually warm spring for you? (I'm assuming you planted the Arugula in the spring) - that's the only thing that I can think of. - sorry.


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