Bright and potent green, delectable in the cooler months.
Foods have meanings that change over time. Mesclun mix salads containing arugula were staples of the Romans, but arugula was later banned by the Catholic Church due to its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Today, despite its ease of growth, arugula is sometimes used to symbolize snooty foodie culture. We are not bitter, but we don't think there are any vegetables too elite to grow in your humble home gardens, especially when they're as fast-growing and delicious as arugula.
Adult leaves can be harvested within four weeks of sowing. Its characteristic zing is irreplaceable and beloved by many. From the seedling stage until early maturity, it can be harvested for fresh eating in salads and garnishing sandwiches; when it gets older, it can be braised in olive oil for a terrific cooked green that is great with pasta dishes.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
Artwork by Robert Morris (1931-2018). Morris was one of the pioneers of Minimalism, edgy performance art, and large-scale installation art, so this small saturated watercolor on vellum came as a surprise. It shows that he had a deep love of gardening and reverence for fresh food.