Saturday, August 4, 2012
Arrugula and Free Bees
We love arrugula - how could you ever have too much? And while Al does his battles with it in the flower beds, I'm often saying "But wait, we might need that clump!" Our neighbor comes over to pick it and barters off some of his tomatoes or kale. I put it in our salads almost every evening from May to November.
This variety doesn't look much like the kind you buy in the store. The leaves are thin, deeply cut. Toward fall, they get smaller and smaller. But they have a sharp peppery bite to them, a little sturdier texture. They're great in sandwiches. One of my favorite lunches is a pita pocket with some hummus, arrugula, and crisp cucumber slices.
And now we are loaded with bees! I'm thrilled! The reports of dwindling honey bees in the last few years has been upsetting. But you couldn't prove that by how many hang around the pretty little yellow blossoms of the arrugula.