I’ve scoured the internet, intending to illuminate and entertain, but after having read everybody else’s idea of ‘fun,’ I have come to the conclusion that these folks need to get out more often.
For example: “Hey! We’re going to the dentist!”
“You are? You lucky ducks. Have a great time and tell us all about it later!”
This is not fun.
I need FUN facts about arugula in order to encourage others to buy it, plant it, grow it, eat it. It’s really difficult to sway folks–who are used to seeing their food handed to them through their car windows–to start eating something they think needs to be eradicated with a drenching douse of Round Up.
Yes, you can tell people about its history, the fact that it was around before the Romans conquered Rome, but so has dirt, and people aren’t tossing that into their tuna casseroles for dinner.
You can remind them that arugula is one of the only herbs that has made some interesting presidential headlines … oh wait, no, there’s another one.
Or how about I announce that arugula was once considered by many and used by scores as an aphrodisiac? Except for the fact that anything put next to flickering candlelight by default becomes an aphrodisiac. So it doesn’t count.
Since I could not come up with anything uproariously entertaining about the plant, I will divulge the few personal ‘fun’ facts I have encountered.
- I don’t remember planting it. It just showed up in my garden one day and we’ve been eating it as a science experiment ever since. No one seems to have been affected negatively.
- I cannot kill it. It’s like a Hydra. Seriously.
- I am competing in a one woman competition to see who can come up with the hottest, spiciest arugula leaf by leaving some of the plants to grow old, woody and leggy. Thus far, I am winning in that one of my plants may qualify as eligible firewood come fall.
- If you take one of the leaves and squish it between your fingers and then bring it to your nose while inhaling deeply, you will be reminded of the smell of … arugula. It’s amazing.
- Arugula leaves make wonderful bookmarks.
- I am trying to popularize my newest dance move called The Arugula. It intermingles nicely with The Funky Chicken and The Mashed Potato. This is best accompanied by Mozart’s only foxtrot.
- There are very few etchings and even fewer bronze carvings of the arugula plant.
- No one has ever recorded a song about arugula that has made it to the top of the charts.
- No one has ever recorded a song about arugula.
- Haggis, our resident hound, is addicted to it. He eats more of it than I do, and I’m writing this article … with his help.
Okay, so I hope this little pitch will have you all digging a small hole and tossing out a few seeds or snatching up a bunch at your local market. Or, if you find yourself in the neighborhood, come on up and I’ll load up the backseat of your car with some of mine.
Once you get home, here are a few ideas of what to do with your booty—er, bounty.
Now Go Forth and Arugulate!