- "How'd you ever get so strong, little ma'am?"
"I eat my ruica."
- ―A sparring partner and Leia Organa
Ruica was a blue plant that could be boiled and eaten. Seeds were transported from the world of Broest to the planet Alderaan so that ruica could be grown and eaten there. During her childhood, Princess Leia Organa did not like the taste of ruica but was persuaded to eat it by her adoptive father, Bail Organa, who claimed it would make her strong. After the destruction of Alderaan by the Galactic Empire, the princess was reminded of Alderaan and her father when Evaan Verlaine gave her ruica to eat.
- "Mmm. Boiled ruica."
- ―Evaan Verlaine
- "Brave star-pilots hauled seeds all the way from Broest just so farmers could produce something to help children grow up strong."
- ―Bail Organa
During the Galactic Empire's reign over the galaxy, ruica seeds were transported from the world of Broest to the planet Alderaan, where farmers grew the plant for food. During her childhood on Alderaan, Princess Leia Organa was served ruica but did not like its taste and complained about eating the plant. Her adoptive father, Bail Organa, persuaded her to eat ruica by telling her about the effort that had been made to bring the plant to Alderaan, also claiming that it would make her strong. While later sparring with a partner, the princess's opponent asked how she was so strong, and Leia claimed it was due to the ruica in her diet, causing the partner to laugh.
In the year 0 ABY, following the Empire's destruction of Alderaan, Organa—now a member of the Rebel Alliance—ate ruica with the Alliance pilot Evaan Verlaine who had prepared it for her while the pair traveled together on a T-1 shuttle to the planet Naboo. Verlaine enjoyed the dish but Organa was at first hesitant to eat it, being reminded of her lost home and father. However, when the pilot asked if the princess liked the dish, she claimed she liked it just fine.
Behind the scenes
- Princess Leia, Part II (First appearance)