5. Rocket

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants With A Purpose -

Rocket or arugula ( Eruca sativa) is a na­tive to the Mediter­ranean re­gion, and a pop­u­lar salad herb since Ro­man times.

It adds a sharp, pi­quant spice which en­livens other milder greens. It’s also a great op­tion for au­tumn/win­ter sow­ing, ger­mi­nat­ing as low as 5°C and grow­ing faster in cool weather.

The lush green fo­liage can rot if it is too dense and the frag­ile stems can fall over with over­head wa­ter­ing. They also bruise easily so harvest and wash them care­fully.

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