Also called roquette, arugula, or eruca, Rocket has bright green, upright slender leaves with a scalloped outline. The flavour is softly spicy and pleasantly nutty.
A classic addition to many fine Italian dishes, Rocket matches well with tomato, cheese, olive oil, avocado, pears, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, garlic, vegetables, preserved meats, chicken and fish. It puts a piquant spin on traditional pesto and can be added to pizzas, risotto, frittata, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and burgers. It is the central ingredient in many delicious salad recipes.
Rocket gives you back your spark. It energises and invigorates, and will help you get through the day without dips and slumps. It reduces the damaging effects of stress and keeps you on your feet.
Store in the fridge in the vegetable drawer in original punnet. Use within two days of opening.
Culture and History
Rocket is native to the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Turkey, where it has been cultivated for over 2000 years. It was revered as an aphrodisiac by the Arabs, and was given to bridegrooms on their wedding night as a symbol of fertility. It was also forbidden in monasteries, for fear it would cause monks to break their vows.