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Eruca vesicaria

Salad rocket

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

White

Feature

Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

As much a salad vegetable as a herb, rocket is a pungent annual, not quite hardy but available as a winter crop if protected with cloches or grown in a frame. The young leaves have a warm nutty flavour, becoming quite peppery as they age. Harvest the leaves regularly to prevent them from rushing into flower, especially in mid-summer because their flavour then begins to dwindle. But the flowers are edible and often used as a garnish, while the crisp seedpods also add spicy warmth to salads, so it is a truly versatile crop whatever the weather.

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Eruca

Species: vesicaria

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to August


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