Rocket leaves or popularly known as arugula or salad rocket is a nutritious green-leafy vegetable. The young tender leaves carry a bitter peppery flavour that makes it mostly a salad vegetable.
Rocket leaves have a sweet, nutty flavour when they're young but start developing a strong spicy flavour as they mature. Rocket leaves are available throughout the year.
leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll, amino acids and vitamins C, E, B and K. They also contain beta-carotene, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin (for eye health).
Rocket Leaves Uses:
- Arugula is delicious raw and can be used as a healthy add-on topping for pizza, nachos, sandwiches, and wraps.
- You can serve it as a side salad with nothing more than a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Arugula can be used as an alternative to basil to make hot or cold pesto. This recipe uses arugula, parmesan, and pine nuts with succulent results.
Rocket Leaves Benefits:
Heart Health - diets rich in cruciferous vegetables, salads, and green leafy vegetables have links with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes - leafy green vegetables like rocket are highly beneficial and reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Osteoporosis prevention - Arugula is high in several key nutrients for bone health, including calcium and vitamin K.
Rocket Leaves Recipes:
Rocket leaves tossed in with the crunch of toasted sesame seeds, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, sprinkled with a zesty dressing.
Rocket, Avocado & Walnut Salad
This rocket, avocado and walnut salad is so delicious it could star as the main attraction on your dinner table.
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