Question: I've seen wild rocket in the supermarket. What is it and is it any different to normal rocket?
Wild rocket is a flowering plant from the mustard family and is a close relative of the brassica. This family of plants is particularly nutritious and well known for its cancer-fighting properties due its wide array of phytonutrients. This variety of rocket is small, has dark green leaves with a mustard-like flavour, and is very versatile.
Typically eaten raw in salads, wraps and sandwiches, wild rocket can also be lightly steamed or tossed through pasta, risotto and frittata, or served on top of gourmet pizza. Wild rocket was once regarded as a weed, but has been brought into vogue because of its widespread use in modern Italian cuisine. Compared to the standard rocket found in mixed leaf mixes, wild rocket has a slightly rougher texture and its flavour is a little more peppery.
Wild rocket, like many other leafy vegetables, is mostly made up of water, however, it does make a worthy contribution to our antioxidant intake. It also contains some protein and fibre. Wild rocket is at its best in spring and early summer.
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This information is provided by the Sanitarium Nutrition Service.