Where can I get Arugula in Pittsburgh??
- SaraMiller Sep 29, 2007 01:30 PM
I want arugula--in bunches--not in the little tiny container because most places sell it as an herb. I want to make salads, sandwiches, etc. Any suggestions as to where I can get it. I thought that it would be easy to find in the strip district, but I didn't see it. Maybe I didn't go to the right places...any suggestions?
I've seen it at Stan's (in the Strip) before but it was ages ago and packaged funny. There should be some growers locally in the farmers markets, but this can be hit or miss depending upon which vendors participate in the market you go to. You can try several. If you're new to that, just FYI, the Farmer's Market Alliance site linked above is nowhere near the entire listing of markets in western PA. Here's a list with some others (some overlap) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07270/...
Even Giant Eagle, though, should have packaged arugula in a reasonable amount (not like an herb). Where you want to look is in the bagged/boxed salad section. It should come in a bag (or the plastic box) like that, similar to how you might find baby spinach. This is also the most likely way you would find it at Whole Foods, although they may have another source for it loose, not sure. I don't go there very often anymore. Also Trader Joe's will have it in a bag. But at this time of year packaged stuff should be a last resort given you can find some at a farmer's market. Also farm stands/stores might work if that's more convenient. Soergel's in Wexford, a place we frequent, usually has some that should be local when it's the right season like now.
The best "bargain" on arugula I've found is, believe it or not, at Market District - $5,99 for a plastic shell of 1/2 pound of baby arugula which will usually hold for a week. I've also bought it at McGinnis (Castle Shannon), but it's larger leaves at $12.99/lb and is maybe good for 3-4 days.