Thursday, May 25

Arugula Pesto Takes Over The Kitchen:
Searching For The Best Arugula Pesto Recipe

Arugula Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

Several weeks ago I innocently sprinkled a few gallons of water on a section of bare dirt in my greenhouse, and soon the most beautiful bed of volunteer arugula appeared. After many nights of lovely baby arugula tossed into salads, it became increasingly clear the arugula (which is a rapidly maturing plant also known as 'rocket') was going to win the Eat Me Or I Bolt race if I didn't quickly come up with some way to use a much greater quantity of it at once. Behold arugula pesto!

To read about my great green adventures check out Arugula Pesto Takes Over The Kitchen on my kitchen garden blog (where I've been promising readers this recipe for an embarrassingly long time). What? You didn't know I have a kitchen garden blog? Where do you think all the food from this one ran off to?

And it's not just for gardeners either. While you're there, be sure to check the sidebar for links to a few of my favorite simple kitchen garden recipes. All you have to do is click here to open the garden gate.


  1. Oooh...I think I'm 'green' with envy! I would love to grow our own arugula, but we're having the hardest time finding it.

    And the pesto idea is a good one!

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    Oh you should definitely try growing your own arugula. If you can't find seeds locally, you can mail order them. I have been happily ordering top quality, reasonably priced seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds for years. They sell a packet of 500 arugula (or 'roquette') seeds for 95 cents, item # W257.

    Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (located right here in Missouri) is another company I highly recommend. They sell arugula and 'wild arugula' seeds which 'have a more pungent taste than regular arugula' and is 'an Italian favorite.' Item numbers are OG106 for the regular ($1.30) and OG107 for the wild ($2.00).

    Both companies only charge a few dollars for shipping.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Farmgirl. I started growing rocket/arugula this summer for the first time and you're quite right it's easy to get going, but the trouble is it always seems to bolt and flower before the leaves get big enough to harvest. Any tips?

    Thanks, Alexis in London


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