She's had quite a bit of Arugula on her hands, and I have been working on some recent recipes of different ways to use it. But, I also think it's important to talk about the history and health benefits of this amazing leafy green as well! I'm wondering if it should've been called "love spell" Arugula instead, as the seeds were actually used as far back in history as the first century, AD, by the Greeks in concoctions for aphrodisiacs! Some of the great philosophers, (such as Dioscorides), believed it had the great power to increase the libido- acting as a stimulant, and providing amazing power and energy to the body! (Things that make ya go "hmmmm......"!) So yes, this is another "ancient" food item that was very much a part of the Roman culture as well- grown for it's seeds and leaves. The Romans would use the seeds to flavor olive oils with, (as Arugula has a very "peppery" taste, and even "mustard" like), and they would consume the leaves much as we do today- in salads! So, clearly this "herb" or "leafy green" hails from the Mediterranean, and has been used for centuries in Greek and Italian cuisine. Although in the U.S. it was grown by the colonists, Arugula didn't really become popular until around the 1990's, when it began popping up in upscale or gourmet restaurants.
So, getting back to whether or not Arugula is actually an aphrodisiac? Yes!! Studies in recent years have been conducted to prove that there is actually some merit in what the ancient Greek philosophers believed! Indeed, Arugula is actually said to be one of "the most potent natural superfoods".
And this is why:
***Low in calorie and high in fiber content
****High in antioxidents- which aid in prevention of cancers and skin health
***High in vitamins and minerals
***Cleanses and detoxifies the body
***Is hydrating for the body, (as the leaves are composed of 90% water.)
****The phytochemicals, antioxidents, and minerals, help to increase libido by flushing out the harmful toxins that could effect libido, as well as aid in the health of reproductive organs
***High in folic acid, iron, and copper
***High in Calcium and Vitamin K- which aids in healthy bones
****High in Vitamin A- which is important for restoring vision, skin, and respiratory health
***High in potassium- which is essential for improving cardiovascular health.
***Contains very high levels of chlorophyll- which is important for boosting the immune system, oxygen, detoxifying cells, and cleansing the blood.
If you are not terribly crazy about eating Arugula because of it's stronger flavor, than simply cook it, or include it in other items to "tame" the peppery flavor! However, it's important to note that this leafy green is better consumed raw to get the maximum amount of Vitamin C and chlorophyll content. It's still healthy to eat it cooked, but the full benefits come with the raw leaf! Arugula is a very versatile "herb" or leafy green. Anything you may use spinach in, (raw or cooked), you could also use Arugula! It's excellent with anything "citrus" or sour, (which also compliments, as well as "tames" the strong flavor), and for some healthy recipe ideas, visit my "recipe" page!
Clearly, this is a food item worth adding to your diet.....for MANY reasons! (Wink!)