ARUGULA (ROCKET) FRESH LEAF
Villa Fuscagna Farms specializes in growing arugula at our Sto Nino, Lipa City,
Batangas farm. Arugula, also known as rocket, roquette (French) and rucola
(Italian) is extremely popular in Italy and has long been recorded as an edible
herb (by the Greeks in the 1st century AD). We have adapted our growing skills
in Italy to take account of the environmental growing and pest conditions in the
Philippines. At the time of writing we believe that we are the largest domestic
grower in the country.
The varieties we grow are as follows:
Rucola Selvatica (Wild Arugula); This is the small spike serrated leaf variety that is typically used as a pizza topping or garnish.
Rucola Selvatica A folia D'ulivo ; This is a larger leaf cultured variety with an approximately similar leaf shape to wild arugula but with less pungency. Typically used in a mesclun salad mix.
Rucola Coltivata Ortolani (cultured); This a longer heavier large leaf variety with a wave shape that retains the taste of wild arugula but with less pungency. Perfect for a salad mix , mesclun mix or as a bed for meat or fish dishes.
All are grown following organic techniques,harvested in the late afternoon, chilled, washed with chlorinated water and packaged overnight and delivered to customers the next day in ready to use form. Transportation and storage is in a chilled environment (4-6 degree C) which key to leaf longevity and quality.
We serve one supermarket chain, hotels and restaurant commissary customers in Filinvest/ Alabang, Ortigas, Makati and Mandaluyoung. Other delivery locations in Metro Manila are subject to discussion. Packaged product is typically in 100, 125and 150 gram sealed packs of wild arugula, large arugula or mixed arugula).
We are committed to the quality and safety of our products. We control all aspects from production to distribution which is critical to ensure food safety.
ARUGULA HEALTH INFORMATION
Arugula is a member of Brassicaceae flowering plants family and as such it retains many of the health benefits of other members such as broccoli, kale and brussel sprouts. Many health benefit claims are attributed to arugula; nitrate in the leaf improving blood pressure, sulforaphone lowering the risk of cancer, vitamin K improving bone health and alpha-lipoic acid being beneficial for diabetes. What is certain however is that 40 grams of arugula delivers 20% of daily required vitamin A, 50% vitamin K and 8% vitamin C as well as folate and calcium supplemental needs.