Superfood – Wasabi Rocket

Botanical name: Eruca sativa

Wasabi Rocket is a variety of Rocket that will pack a punch with its distinctive taste of Wasabi.

It is naturally rich in vitamin A which aids skin health and clear vision along with maintaining a strong immune system, as well as folic acid which is necessary for healthy blood and cells.

Rocket, also known as Arugula or Roquette, is a member of the mustard family.

Wasabi Rocket is very similar to conventional Rocket in the growth characteristics and cultivation requirements, however it is distinctive with its unusually sharp flavor of Wasabi or Horseradish.

The leaves impart a real "wow factor" on the tongue. They look harmless, but in them lies a nice surprise for the palate.

The green, long oval leaves are slightly indented and grow quickly even with a regular harvest.

Wasabi Rocket contains sharp essential oils including mustard oils that create the pungent flavor.

Uses for Wasabi Rocket

A must in Asian cuisine such as Asian salads.

The leaves are tender and are ideal as a "sharp note" in a fresh salad. This Rocket also stimulates digestion, with rich dishes such as grilled meats.

Even the flowers are edible and can be used with the leaves in salads, sushi, sandwiches or pasta.

Delicious as a side dish or in a sandwich or with scrambled eggs.

Cottage cheese or cream cheese spiced with Wasabi Rocket is a popular spread. Recipe: Mix 30-50 grams of chopped leaves of Wasabi Rocket and a pressed clove of garlic in 200 g cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Tastes great as a substitute for butter under a sausage or cheese bread.

The high content of mustard oil also has an antibacterial effect and may be effective against a sore throat.

It is naturally rich in vitamin A which aids skin health and clear vision along with maintaining a strong immune system, as well as folic acid which is necessary for healthy blood and cells.

Caring for Wasabi Rocket

An easy to grow salad crop, Wasabi Rocket should be planted into well worked soil in a sunny position.

The soil should always be moist.

It is a quick growing perennial and quite hardy.

Crops can be harvested within 2-3 weeks.

Wasabi Rocket prefers a full sun position but can be grown in a sunny to semi-shaded location in garden beds, tubs or window boxes. Alternatively, simply cultivate in pot on the kitchen windowsill.

Plant 25-30cm apart.

Grows 30-40cm high.

Wasabi Rocket is frost hardy.

 

Watch the Better Homes and Gardens segment from 3rd October 2014 that includes Wasabi Rocket:

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