What exactly is Gargir, anyway??! Any reasonable theories out there?
According to our research, "Gargir" refers to a plant called the "rocket plant" of the family Cruciferae ("cruca" means rocket in Latin), a European annual grown mainly for salad. It has a short foreangled seed capsule.
For more information, try running a search with one of the major online search engines. We have a picture of it in one of our books here (Olam ha'Tzome'ach ha'Mikra'i, Yehudah Felix p. 191). It doesn't look familiar to me, but I can scan it and send it over upon request.
can you scan [the picture] and send me a copy, please?
Here is the picture www.dafyomi.co.il/yoma/discuss/gargirpx.jpg. And www.dafyomi.co.il/ftp/gargir.jpg is the accompanying text. These are taken from Rav Yehudah Felix's Olam ha'Tzome'ach ha'Mikra'i, Masada Press, 1976, p.190-191. Hope you find it helpful.
Ribbi ou Mori
My knowledge about gargir : in egyptian arabic it has the same name ! (semitic languages). It is very common and inexpensive.
In french it is called roquette. The leaves are eaten as a salad. Rather expensive !
In Italy, I think that they call it rouccoula (?). They fill a large pita bread with white salted cheese and a lot of leaves of rouccoula.
I have eaten it and its taste is rather sharp.
Thanks for clarifying that!
Also, I'd like to apologize for the overly large mailing with the picture of the Gargir that I recently distributed; it went out to the entire list by accident. You will not receive such large mailings in the future!