toasting arugula seeds

surf_grrl(coastal Van Isl)August 26, 2003

Does anyone know if arugula seeds are safe to eat? I was collecting seeds from my rocket today, and looked at the seeds and thought, hmm, these are very like poppy seeds or mustard seeds - both of which are yummy. So I toasted some of them in a frying pan, and they are very tasty - nutty with a little pepper. Would be nice sprinkled on, say, a carrot salad. So I want to know if there would be any problem with eating them.

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marieb(z3 North Dakota)

You're asking AFTER you ate them??!!!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2003 at 4:56PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Arugula seeds are edible, and sometimes used to flavor salad oil. I think there are references to them by 1st century Romans, and in some European-based recipes.

Surf grrl, please don't ever taste anything unless you are absolutely positive it is safe. The way something looks is *not* a guideline to safety - consider the hyacinth bean (which has seeds that look just like edible bean seed): easy-to-grow with lovely flowers on an enthusiastic vine, and all parts of the plant are very, very, very poisonous. I'm sure you know to not eat mushrooms unless they commercially grown (because there are so many toxic mushrooms that appear to be identical to edible varieties). And we all know how good potatoes are -- but nibbling on the potato vine can make you really ill. All those murder mysteries about mixing foxglove leaves in the salad are based on the fact that eating the leaves can quite literally kill you, in spite of their innocent appearance. If you want to taste-test something that is new to you, please check the references *first* (it's easy to do on-line) ... and don't put anything in your mouth unless you have a reliable reference that specifically states being edible.

There is already a shortage of gardeners in the world, we don't want to risk losing you to an "avoidable accident".

    Bookmark   September 4, 2003 at 1:05PM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

If it's not to late for me to respond.

I, too, was asking that question myself - since Arugular is edible. It just made sense that the seeds were, too. However, I knew that I had to check it out.

They are quite tasty and I'll looking forward to putting them in a salad.
Xtal

Here is a link that might be useful: Arugula seeds are edible

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:54AM
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