Rockin with Rocket ( I’m rockin with the best!)

Arugala has got to be one of the most appealing salad greens that I’ve ever had the pleasure of inviting into my mouth (*get in my belly).  I must say, next to kale its the one green that I could eat each and every day without fail; and sometimes more than once in the course of the day. I’m nuts about arugala, period.  Sauteed arugala, arugala salads(in my Bubba voice), maybe some in the afternoon post workout smoothie, along with a bit at the end of a white bean and roasted pepper soup.  Like I said, I love  the stuff and consequently , I overdo it. (If that’s possible).  Shouts out to the present and past farmers at the Interfaith Food Shuttle in Raleigh N.C. for supporting my habit when we were co-workers ( a farmer friend is a friend indeed). You can only depend on the closest of friends to enable you with arugala.

Truth is I’m not alone in the world with my love of arugala. I mean come on, its one of the easiest vegetables to grow, its readily available in a lot of markets, all year around.  This spicy robust salad green has been responsible for assisting many a sex drive.  Yes that’s right, arugala is hailed as one of natures aphrodisaics since 1 AD.  Greek philosopher Pilny identified arugala’s ability to increase the libido.  (now take that to the bank)  Arugala or Rocket belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables that include broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. These vegetables are loaded with cancer fighting properties which help to ward off cancer. They are also packed with antioxidants, which are responsible for protecting the body against the harmful effects of free radicals (free radicals are NOT sexy). Add to that wonderful list of accolades the fact that arugala carries with it plenty of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and iron to make it a Hall of Famer (blame it on the fact that its a dark leafy green) I’m willing to bet that there’s some arugala with your name on it, wishing to make your belly its home. So go and rock out with Rocket! Try this interesting take on arugala from Saveur Magazine and have some fun.

Cheers,

Chef Will Hall

Pesto di Rucola- (Arugala Pesto)

MAKES ABOUT 1 3/4 CUPS

INSTRUCTIONS

2 cups packed arugula
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely grated pecorino
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 clove garlic, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Process arugula, oil, pecorino, parmesan, nuts, zest, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped; season with salt and pepper.

References:

Collins, D. (2011). you are here: Home » health conditions » cancer » arugula- natural aphrodisiac, keep the bedroom spicy arugula- natural aphrodisiac, keep the bedroom spicy. Retrieved from undergroundhealthreporter.com/natural-aphrodisiac

Contributer, L. (1969, 12 31). 5 things you need to know about the health benefits of arugula. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/5381-need-health-benefits-arugula/

7 foods for better sex. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307213_6,00.html

Parade , M. (2013, 04 20). Arugala image. Retrieved from http://www.parade.com/6201/parade/10-fresh-ways-to-use-arugula/

Pesto di rucola (arugala pesto). (2011, 7 12). Retrieved from http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Pesto-di-Rucola-Arugula-Pesto

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