Eruca sativa

Botanical Name: Eruca sativa

Common Name(s): Rocket

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Description:

Eruca sativa has deeply divided foliage with pale yellow flowers with violet-veined petals in Summer. The pods has an apical beak, containing several seeds. Rocket is often used in salads and in a variety of food. It is also used for medicinal purposes. Harvest rocket when the leaves are large enough. The flowers can be harvested as soon as they appear, and the seed pods while young and juicy. Plant rocket in well composted, rich, moist soil, preferably fertilised with an organic fertiliser. It does not enjoy hot Summer climates, therefore plant in a cool, shaded part in Summer.

Family: Brassicaceae

Synonym: Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa

Botanical Pronunciation: eh-ROO-kuh suh-TYE-vuh


Flowers

January
February
October
November
December

Description:
This plant bears pale yellow flowers with violet-veined petals in Summer.


Foliage

Description:
Eruca sativa has deeply divided foliage. The leaves have a strong, distinctive, nutty, peppery, mustard flavour.


Fruit

Description:
The pods has an apical beak, containing several seeds.


Harvest

Harvest rocket when the leaves are large enough. The flowers can be harvested as soon as they appear, and the seed pods while young and juicy.

Interesting Info

Make your own cough syrup:

Mix equal quantities of Rocket flowers and leaves and a few tablespoons of honey and crush and pound or liquidise together to a paste. Take one teaspoonful when necessary. Chew it well and then swallow with half a glass of water. Repeat the dose when necessary. Do not keep this potion for more than a day.

 


Origin

Mediterranean region


Planting Instructions

Plant rocket in well composted, rich, moist soil, preferably fertilised with an organic fertiliser. It does not enjoy hot Summer climates, therefore plant in a cool, shaded part in Summer.

 

Uses

Mix equal quantities of Rocket flowers and leaves and a few tablespoons of honey and crush and pound or liquidise together to a paste. Take one teaspoonful when necessary. Chew it well and then swallow with half a glass of water. Repeat the dose when necessary. Do not keep this potion for more than a day.

 


Uses:: Cullinary: salads , yes | Medicinal: yes | Cultural: | Commercial: | Cosmetics: | Other Uses: | Part Used: | Attracts: | Features:
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