A slightly bitter salad leaf with a nutty, peppery flavour. Younger leaves are milder than the mature, which can get quite hot. Rocket is used predominantly as a salad ingredient, and is one of the traditional ingredients of Provençal mesclun salad; it can be used as a pizza topping, added to soups and purées or served wilted as a vegetable. Rocket is sold in small bunches and is best used on the day of purchase as it wilts quickly but will keep in the fridge wrapped in plastic for up to 2 days.
Also known as — arugula