Try it with pasta; cook and drain the pasta and dress with a little olive oil or butter before mixing in the raw rocket leaves which should wilt over the pasta. Rocket pesto can be made by substituting the basil for rather less rocket. The peppery bitterness of the rocket goes well with the parmesan or pecorino.
Rocket has a short shelf life and should be kept in a plastic bag in the fridge and eaten as soon as possible. Wash before eating.
Grown outdoors from May to November. Germination can be tricky and the flea beetle is a real menace - if the seedlings survive its attacks, plants can be cut two or three times from August onwards.
Rocket was popular with the Romans both as a salad and an aphrodisiac. Virgil wrote of it 'exciting the sexual desires of the drowsy'. Outside southern Italy, it has only become popular in the last 20 years or so. A rich source of vitamin C and iron.
Country of origin
Grown in the United Kingdom.