Rucola is also called Eruca Sativa, it is a wild plant found on the slopes of the roads. For many years this plant was grown directly from orchards and gardens. After 1990, people started consuming it in daily salads.
With a strong and somewhat spicy aroma, Arugula is native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia.
People eat their leaves most often, but the stems are as edible as the leaves. Its consumption is recommended in the form of raw vegetables, salted or cooked and can be incorporated in salads, rice, pasta, sauces, and even sandwiches.
The properties of the arugula are similar to those of the mustard, water brain, and other crucifixes. These are:
- Digestive properties. They benefit from a bitter taste that has the role of stimulating gastric secretions
- Anti-anemic properties. It has these properties in its composition because it benefits from iron, beta-carotene, folic acid, and vitamin C.
- Antiscorbutic properties. Vitamin C of its components.
- Antioxidant properties. These come from the content of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
- Besides all these properties, they also have properties that have the role of promoting intestinal transit, because it is high in fiber.
- Detoxifying properties. The chlorophyll that improves blood oxygenation and detoxification.
- Diuretic properties. The potassium in the arugula has the role of exercising a diuretic action, thus avoiding the retention of liquids.