Rocket

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Arugala or Rocket

Rocket, Rocquette or Arugala is Salad Rocket. It comes from the same family as mustard and cress, hence its mustard like flavour. There is also sweet rocket, but this is too acrid to be useful for cooking.

Rocket leaves are pale-green, spear-shaped and slightly torn and ragged looking. Their flavour is pungent being musky, mustardy and peppery.

Rocket (arugala) is used fresh and mainly as a fresh salad leaves, young leaves are milder than older ones. It goes well mixed into a green salad to give your salad a less bland taste. An ingredient of the French salad mix - mesclun. In particular, its mustardy taste goes well with foods that are complemented by mustard - cold meats, especially cold roast beef and ham.

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Further reading

  • Hemphill, I., Hemphill, K. (2014) The Spice and Herb Bible, Robert Rose. ISBN 9780778804932.
  • McVicar, J. (1999, republished 2006) Jekka's Complete Herb Book, Silverdale Books. ISBN 9781845093709.
  • Norman, J. (2015) Herbs & Spices: The Cook's Reference, DK Publishing. ISBN 9781465435989.