If you’ve noticed less of your favorite peppery salad green in stores and restaurants lately, you’re not wrong. An arugula shortage is among us, and unusually wet and cold weather in the Southwest and Florida–where a lot of our leafy greens come from, especially in the winter–is to blame.
The brutal weather conditions are causing the produce to contract a fungal disease called downy mildew, according to The Counter. It’s harmful to arugula in particular, so it can’t take out another one of your faves like spinach or romaine (thankfully!). It spreads quickly, though, so it can ruin an entire field of arugula.
Arugula-loving folks who live closer to Florida and the desert Southwest are more likely to have access to the produce in its healthy state than those unlucky ones who live farther away. Bacteria and other molds can get at mildew-infected arugula even after it has already been packed and shipped. When it arrives to your local supermarket, it could be a goner.
Customers, grocers, and restaurant owners alike have felt the shortage all over the country. In New York, the Mediterranean chain Cava posted signs saying they are out of arugula. A market owner in California said he had a bulk supply last week, and now the store is out. Like any discussion small or large, people have vented their concerns about the lack of arugula on Twitter.
i would be lying if i said i wasn’t affected by this recent, nation-wide arugula shortage
— connie (@connchung) January 29, 2020
hi hello is there an arugula shortage?? I haven't been able to find any for weeks?? ? ? ? not even at the farmers market ? ? please advise
— Anna Kate 🌸✨ (@AnnaKateHart) January 27, 2020
I know there’s a lot going on in the world and this is petty but the great arugula shortage of January 2020 is getting me down.
— Lisa Church 🗽 (@lmc) January 27, 2020
So...umm...Is anyone else noticing the arugula shortage in NYC?
— Megan (@MegSkuf) January 25, 2020
The saddest of them all is the rationed portion of arugula on this Twitter user’s pizza.
I ordered a pizza w arugula and y’all dead serious they gave me like 9 half leaves. pic.twitter.com/qXD8ZQmWFu
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) January 22, 2020
A moment of silence for all of the meals out there that tease like this one.
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