Arugula (1960)

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   OED doesn't have "arugula"?  Add it right now!
   Merriam-Webster has 1967.
   The library closes in seven minutes; last one.

   24 May 1960, NEW YORK TIMES, pg. 33:
_Food News: A Green by Any Name_

_Pungent Ingredient Is_
_Cause of Confusion_
_for City Shopper_

_Arugula--or Rocket--_
_is the Secret of_
_Experts' Salads_

(...)  Ask Italian greengrocers for arugula, rucola or ruccoli; ask other markets for rouquette, rocket salad or, simply, rocket.
   The phrase "secret ingredient" is a slightly ludicrous thing since it conjures up images of Mephistophelian brews.  Most Italian chefs know, however, that arugula or rocket--call it what you will--is the secret ingredient of many of their salads-about-town.
   Arugula, or rocket salad as it were, is almost in the same league with spinach concerning the sand that clings to its leaves.  When purchased the green should be washed thoroughly in several changes of water, then dried gingerly.
   New York does not have a corner on the vegetable's availability in the United States.  Rocket salad is tremendously popular in the Creole country of Louisiana.  Here is an adaptation of a recipe that is frequently served in the home of Mrs. Edward McIlhenny, a superb young hostess of Avery Island, La.  It is for a canape that is almost insidiously beguiling to the palate.

(OED has got to add "arugula"!  I'll bet they serve it in Tukwila!--ed.)

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