hendi_alex wrote: I was quite excited to find two new varieties the other day at seeds savers exchange. They have a variety called 'Apollo' which is an improved form of 'Rocket' that has a milder flavor. They also have a variety named 'Sylvetta ' which is slower to bolt in the summer.
just to add to the confusion...
there is an arugula variety named 'sylvetta', but there is also a related plant (same family, different genus) called 'sylvetta' or 'sylvetta arugula' that's a shrub-forming perennial to zone 7... somewhat smaller leaves, rich arugula flavor. and perennial. good stuff. seeds are available a few places. Diplotaxis muralis / tenuifolia.
/advocating perennial vegetables
...speaking of which, i've been really excited about my turkish rocket (Bunias orientalis) plants this year. another perennial relative. similar arugula flavor, but this one looks like a fuzzy dandelion. good flavor, but the texture of the leaves isn't exactly...refined. but in the spring, they send up a bunch of little raab-type flower buds, which are quite nice. perennial broccoli-raab, basically. well-established plants can make a lot
of food. my little two-year-old plants have produced 8 or 9 little raabs each so far and are hinting at more (though i've left some going in hopes of seed)...
...i like that regular arugula, too, just sayin'