Rocket leaves

 Rocket leaves Key facts Organic rocket leaves are smaller than standard ones and have a more peppery flavour. Rocket is botanically related to horseradish and cress, both of which share its peppery nature.

I make no secret of the fact that this is one of my favourite salad leaves. Why?

It's traditionally English and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It has a lovely concentrated, buttery flavour and goes with any dressing. Not, I think, good as a salad leaf just on its own because it's not crisp, and a lot of it seems, somehow, to be too concentrated and 'in your face'.

However, added 50-50 to crisp lettuce, it makes, I think, one of the nicest green salads of all.

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