Food as Medicine: Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae), also known as rucola and rocket, is a weedy annual that is drought-tolerant and prefers a hot, dry climate. The name “arugula” is a modern American designation and likely derives from the Italian term “rucola.” The name “rocket” is more common in British English, as is … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae)

Food as Medicine: Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae), also known as rucola and rocket, is a weedy annual that is drought-tolerant and prefers a hot, dry climate.1,2 The name “arugula” is a modern American designation and likely derives from the Italian term “rucola.”3 The name “rocket” is more common in British English, … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Arugula (Eruca sativa, Brassicaceae)

Health Benefits of Bitters

Including bitter foods in the diet isn’t simply a matter of reviving tradition or taste — bitter-flavored foods have a history of healing. From the wine-infused herbal concoctions used by ancient Egyptians to the 16th-century prescriptions of famous physician Paracelsus, elixirs brewed from carefully selected bitter herbs have been treasured as helpful remedies throughout the … Continue reading Health Benefits of Bitters