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Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It has a strong, peppery flavour, and the leaves have a slight 'bite' to them. If you see 'rucola' or 'arugula' for sale or on a restaurant menu, it's the same thing.
Just rinse rocket and you’re ready to go.
Mix with other salad leaves; throw a handful on top of pasta or a pizza. You can also wilt it into pasta dishes or eggs – just add at the last minute to retain the peppery flavour.
Store in the bottom part of your fridge, in brown paper or a perforated bag. It will last for a maximum of two days.
Available year-round in supermarkets. Rocket is incredibly easy to grow, in fact, it could take over your whole veg patch.
Learn how to grow your own rocket from the experts at Gardeners’ World.
Look for perky dark-bright green leaves. Avoid those that look slimy, yellowed or browning, as they’re past their best.