Arugula/Rucola/Selvatica (Wild Arugula). Compared to regular arugula, it is slower growing (50 days), more deeply lobed leaves and has a more pungent taste. Scatter seeds about 1 inch apart. Harvest at any stage but best when baby: 3-4 inches. Make frequent plantings for a continuous harvest. 3 gram packet.
Posted by Cheryl Long on 19th Jul 2012
I have grown Sylvetta arugula for many years now and it is a perennial in my zone 6 Kansas garden. For some reason, most seed companies don't mention that. It self-seeds nicely and seedlings can be transplanted if you are careful (roots are somewhat sparse). I agree that it slower growing than annual varieties and somewhat coarser and stronger tasting. But it comes back very nicely when cut back hard so you can harvest it from frost to frost, and once you get it established, I find it's easier to grow than annual varieties that bolt so fast and hate the heat. To adjust for the stronger flavor, just chop the leaves finely and use less of it than milder annual types. I love the peanutty flavor undertones.
Posted by jclee on 26th Mar 2012
I grow 3 big pots of Rugula every seasons and pick them carefully through the summer; as long as I take care to just pick a few leaves off a plant and keep watering them regularly, they always grow back. I love picking a hand full of leaves and eat them straight or when I feel sophisticated, I toss in shaved aged Parmigiano, olive oil and Balsamico.
These particular variety is harder to grow then the Ortolani variety sold here. The leaves are tougher more fibrous. Eating them side by side, I think the wild one is a little stronger in flavour. It is definitely slower to sprout and slower in growing. The yield is not as good as well. I put a whole pack of seeds in a pot and not many sprouts come. The leaves look different, they are thinner, more lobed, and darker in color. The seeds are very small, like powder unlike the cultivated variety. I do like the difference and have always grown both kinds side by side.
I have also been experimenting with a mix of grow lights and keep them in door in winter. It works ok (not as well as outdoor in the season), but I can have Rugula salad in the winter.