Rocket salad

Rocket salad

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Arugula is an element that recurs frequently on Italian tables, as a condiment or part of the salad. It is, in fact, one of the most common plant species in salads, due to the intense flavor and suitable for combining with different dishes. The rocket also offers the advantage of medicinal plants of being able to remedy or contain human symptoms and ailments. The effectiveness of rocket in the phytotherapeutic field is in fact attested and known since the most ancient times. The consumption of rocket as part of the daily diet dates back to ancient Rome, thanks to the fact that it is a plant that frequently grows spontaneously on the Italian territory. Its consumption is still purely food today, while the effects are not only nutritional, although the latter are still significant. Rocket is in fact rich in active ingredients, but also extremely nutritious, with its high content of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus. All these elements make rocket a valid natural supplement, particularly recommended in the change of seasons and in spring, when the vitamin C contained in the plant also allows you to strengthen the immune system and counteract allergic symptoms. The fact that rocket is an easy to find food and practically ready for consumption in its natural state, increases the spread of the plant itself, which is an important part of the Italian diet.

Active ingredients and benefits

Arugula is a food that, contrary to what it might seem, guarantees the supply of many substances to the body. Easy to digest and purifying, the rocket is in fact at the same time rich in calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, all fundamental elements for the balance of the organism that make the rocket itself a precious nutritional resource. But the advantages offered by this plant do not end there: the rich presence of vitamin C allows to fight colds and allergic symptoms, strengthening the immune system, thus protected from seasonal ills. Inserted in a menu during a particularly heavy meal, rocket, even in very small quantities, makes digestion much easier and faster. To a lesser extent, rocket also boasts antioxidant, invigorating and appetite-stimulating properties. Purifying and detoxifying, rocket is therefore the ideal element to restore the correct functioning of the digestive and intestinal systems.


To make the fortune of the rocket are not only its many beneficial properties, but also the ease of cultivation. It is, in fact, a spontaneous germination typical of the Italian territory, which can also be found in abundance in the natural state. Climate and soil types are therefore favorable, so even for home cultivation the rocket requires only a few simple precautions. Able to withstand sudden changes in temperature, it is however advisable to plant the rocket in such a way that it can reach germination in early spring. Its development can be very wide and luxuriant even in small spaces of land, or in pots. The only precaution necessary for luxuriant development is regular cleaning to eliminate weeds that could steal nourishment from cultivation. It is a plant that enters vegetative rest in the coldest periods, and then begins to grow again in the course of spring; for this reason even a single sowing may be necessary to give life to a long series of sprouts. The periods of consumption can be mainly spring and summer and autumn. By providing frequent topping it is possible to make rocket an annual plant, lengthening its vegetative cycle and having fresh leaves available for many months to eat at the table.

Rocket: Products on the market

As we have seen, rocket is mainly considered a food, and as such it is also assumed for phytotherapeutic purposes. Its consumption is therefore mainly linked to the culinary world, in which it manages to obtain large and varied spaces. The rocket can be eaten in its natural state, after being carefully washed, both together with other salads and with meat or dishes to be flavored. It can also be at the base, appropriately chopped, for the creation of pesto or sauces dedicated to the dressing of first and second courses. A less extensive production concerns that relating to beauty products: thanks to its active ingredients and its toning properties, rocket extracts can be the basis for beauty creams and anti-wrinkle products. Finally, rocket can be combined with other elements to create effective and healthy natural supplements, with all the advantage offered by a highly nutritious element, with varied properties and free from side effects, as well as easily digestible and suitable for consumption by people of every age.

Cultivation rocket

There rocket salad, Eruca sativa, better known as rocket it's a aromatic plant with a bitter and spicy taste, easy to grow in the garden and also in pots.

  • General characteristics of the Rucola
  • Cultivation of rocket
  • Exposure
  • Ground
  • Watering
  • Fertilization
  • Multiplication of the rocket
  • Arugula harvest
  • Pests and diseases of the rocket
  • Cures and treatments
  • Uses of rocket
  • Photo gallery Rucola


Aperol spritz
Aperol, Prosecco, Soda

Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

Negroni Variation
with Rye, Tequila or Mezcal

Draft Beer 8

Forst, Lager Brauerei Forst AG, Italy (4.8 abv)

Freak Tracter Wild Ale Catskill Brewery, Manor, NY (6.5 ABV)

Allagash White Allagash Brewing Company, Maine (5.2 BV)

All Day Session IPA Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI (abv 4.7)

Two-Hearted Ale Bell's Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI (7.0 ABV)

Gaffel Kölsch Germany (4.8 ABV)

Balls Lightning Pilsner Catskill Brewery, Manor, NY (5.5 ABV)


Einbecker Brauherren Bottled Beer Not Alcoholic,
Einbecker Brauhaus, AG, Germany (less than 0.5 ABV)

Wine on draft 17 (a generous 2 glasses)

Pinot Grigio, Sirico Selection Puglia, Italy

Rosé, Maison Idiart Languedoc, France

Montelpulciano, The Vine Italy


  • Beliebte Gerichte
  • Vorspeisen
  • Suppen
  • Salt
  • Salatspezialitäten
  • Pizza, Ø 30cm
  • Familien-Pizza
  • Carpaccio
  • Spezialitäten des Hauses
  • Nudelgerichte
  • Fleischgerichte vom Schwein
  • Fleischgerichte vom Kalb
  • Fleischgerichte vom Rind
  • Fleischgerichte vom Lamm
  • Fischgerichte
  • Beilagen
  • Nachspeisen

Beliebte Gerichte




Alle Salate werden mit Essig-Öl serviert.


Alle Salate werden mit Essig-Öl serviert.

Pizza, Ø 30cm

Alle Pizzen werden mit Tomatensauce und Käse zubereitet.


40cm x 60cm
Alle Pizzen werden mit Tomatensauce und Käse zubereitet.


Spezialitäten des Hauses


Fleischgerichte vom Schwein

Alle Gerichte werden mit 2 Beilagen nach Wahl serviert.

Fleischgerichte vom Kalb

Alle Gerichte werden mit 2 Beilagen nach Wahl serviert.

Fleischgerichte vom Rind

Alle Gerichte werden mit 2 Beilagen nach Wahl serviert.

Fleischgerichte vom Lamm

Alle Gerichte werden mit 2 Beilagen nach Wahl serviert.


Alle Gerichte werden mit 2 Beilagen nach Wahl serviert.

Rocket - garden

Arugula is a herbaceous plant characterized by an intense and aromatic aroma that belongs to the Brassicaceae family, such as cabbage, mustard and radishes.

The wild rocket, Diplotaxix tenuifolia, and domestic or cultivated rocket, Eruca sativa, are plants belonging to different genera, which are often confused with each other due to some similarities in appearance and aromatic flavor, much more intense, however, in wild rocket.

The wild rocket is a perennial plant, very rustic and it is easily found spontaneously in the uncultivated fields, on the edges of cultivated areas, ditches, meadows and roads.

It has narrow, jagged leaves and four-petaled yellow flowers.

The fruits are silique, small pods typical of brassicas, containing numerous seeds in a double row.

The root system is taproot and deep.

The cultivated rocket has more rounded leaves and a flower color that varies from white to light yellow.

There are basically two types of plants that can be grown without problems: the wild one (the most common is the Diplotaxis tenuifolia, but others like the Diplotaxis integrates and the Diplotaxis erucoides) and the cultivated one.

They are both very rustic and fast growing. The cultivated one has a slightly more abundant vegetation.

It grows in almost all soils, with the exception of very compact soils, with stagnant water, but prefers loose ones in a sunny position, although it adapts to partial shade in mild climates the Eruca sativa it maintains the vegetation even in winter, otherwise only the wild one bears the cold winters of the northern regions. It has no particular nutritional and pH needs.

Rotation and associations.

It must not follow other crucifers. Good intercropping with onion, leeks, and garlic, which act as insect repellents.

Soil tillage

Surface workings of 15-20 cm are sufficient. It does not matter to fertilize the soil, as the fertilizations reserved for the crops that precede it in the garden will certainly be sufficient for its needs.

Sowing is done in spring, directly in the field, in rows 30-35 cm apart.

It can also be sown by broadcasting, on well-leveled ground, taking care not to bury the seed but to cover it, after sowing, with a fabric, in order not to undermine it with watering and to keep the soil moist for a long time. The fabric will then be removed after the seedlings have sprouted.

The operation is generally necessary since the seed, very small (up to 500-550 seeds / gram), does not allow uniform distribution. It should be performed when the plants have at least two true leaves, up to an optimal investment of 30 - 40 plants per square meter: about 10-12 plants per linear meter.

It is necessary at the time of sowing and in the first periods of growth of the seedlings. It can later be thinned out, as rocket has excellent resistance to dryness. However, it must be borne in mind that dryness combined with heat quickly induce the ascent to seed and consequently the vegetative period.

It is recommended to avoid high watering, to avoid the risk of stagnation, with the consequent possibility of contracting root rot.

Harvesting is gradual and can start already 30- 35 days after sowing.

It is done by cutting the leaves when they have reached an average development of 8-12 centimeters. On small surfaces, it is advisable to carefully cut the outer leaves, so as to leave intact the "heart" of the plant that easily re-grows. When the rocket is in multi-year cultivation, in addition to the leaves, also the young shoots that form numerous are collected.

However, it is advisable to make several cuts, even if the leaves are not consumed, to stimulate the vegetative activity of the plants and delay the ascent to seed.

The rocket is a rustic and resistant plant and not subject to particular fungal diseases.

The most dangerous factor that can limit its growth, especially in the early stages of development, are the anchovies. These are small black insects, which jump and colonize the leaves, causing small holes.

Young seedlings are particularly sensitive to such attacks and can stop their development.

The control of the altica can be carried out preventively with products based on Neem oil, with a mixture of essential oils and propolis or with pyrethrum, treating in the evening hours, or in the early hours of the morning, when useful insects are not in flight and the anchovies are all on the plants. Given their mobility, it is often difficult to hit them and often the treatments must be repeated.

The cultivation of rocket and the biodynamic calendar

Carry out sowing on a waning moon, transplanting, weeding and tamping on a descending moon (planting time), always choosing the days of water. The preparation 500, sprayed before the main processing and weeding, gives a valid contribution to healthy and abundant growth. Pay attention to the use of 501 which could stimulate early flowering.

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Rocket: benefits and therapeutic properties

Without forgetting those aphrodisiacs and nutritional ones

Rocket is antitumor, antidiabetic and antianemic. All confirmed by scientific research.
You like rocket. You are lucky! Yes, because rocket, with its spicy taste, is not liked by everyone but, for those like me who love it ... I have good news.

Rocket, the herb with great nutritional and therapeutic benefits but also anticancer

Rocket, rocket or even ruca, contains vitamin C which stimulates the immune system and a fair amount of beta-carotene (protovitamin A: anticarcinogenic, useful for the eyes, for the skin ...), as well as mineral salts such as iron (anti-anemic), calcium and magnesium, useful for bone health, but also potassium and fiber. Together with vitamin C, it contains 110 mg of vitamin C in 100 grams like broccoli, and more than the lemon juice that contains 50 mg, it also has among its components K, A, B5 and folic acid. . It is important to remember that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron and here there are both, in good quantities.
For the perpetually on a diet: rocket provides 30 calories per 100 grams.

Rocket: 6 nutritional and therapeutic properties

1. Helps digestion, stimulating the production of gastric juices.

2. Stimulates the appetite, with its bitter taste.

3. It is purifying.

4. Antidiabetic e antitumor for its sulforaphane content. This substance is present in brassicaceae or cruciferous plants, a family to which rocket belongs together with broccoli, horseradish, cauliflower & Co., plants characterized by a bitter and slightly spicy raw taste and the smell of sulfur (the unpleasant one of rotten eggs to be clear), when they are cooked.

5. It is antibacterial, again for the sulforaphane content, a substance that helps the plant defend itself from worms and fungi and which has an anti-cancer effect on humans.

6. It protects the gastric mucosa so it is a useful ally in case of hyperacidity and ulcer.

The cultivation of rocket and its characteristics

Rocket, Eruca vesicaria or sativa, is an annual herbaceous plant that reaches a height of 50 cm. It is grown in vegetable gardens but also grows spontaneously in the fields of central and southern Italy. The leaves are deep green with irregular lobes and the flowers are pale yellow. It is harvested from May to September. Wild rocket, also called rocket, is actually Diplotaxis muralis which tastes the same as rocket but much more penetrating. Sown in my garden, in a few weeks it was ready for harvest and the following year, it grew spontaneously. It can also be sown in winter, taking care to cover the seeds with a little soil. It does not require special precautions and grows well in full sun or light shade, sheltered from the wind, in any type of soil, preferably calcareous and arid (the more arid the soil, the tastier it is) because it is sensitive to stagnant water .

How to use rocket in the kitchen as a food, but also as a decoction

As a food, rocket leaves are eaten raw in salads. The most successful combinations are those with chicory, radicchio, radishes, dandelions, watercress and soncino. One of my favorite salads is composed of: datterini tomatoes, rocket, carrots and zucchini julienne and soncino but sometimes I also add a spring onion. All seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar glaze (BIO). If you want to make it richer and more nutritious, add a teaspoon of chia seeds. It is delicious!
Obviously the maximum benefit is obtained with raw rocket but there are also dishes that require cooking (at least in part). Pasta with tomatoes and rocket is very tasty. Dried tomatoes cut into small pieces with oil and garlic are used. Over a moderate heat they are softened by adding a little water and, almost at the end of cooking (5-10 minutes), the chopped rocket is added and cooked for another 2-3 minutes. Sauté the pasta in a pan with the sauce and serve, garnishing with more fresh rocket. It is an excellent sauce for those who love rocket.
Pasta can also be enjoyed with rocket pesto: a tasty and super-fast recipe. Just put the rocket and pecorino in the mixer in a ratio of 1 to 3 (50 grams of rocket and 150 of pecorino), add the pine nuts or almonds if you prefer, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Boil the pasta and voila, everything is ready!
Remember that it is an aperitif but also a digestive!
As a decoction, rocket is useful in case of fluid retention and body fatigue, due to its diuretic and purifying qualities. Bring 5 g of leaves to a boil in 150 ml of water and cook for 10 minutes, then strain.

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