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Rocket April -

Rocket

The perennial peppery sandwich filler is on the menu and here to stay. Clarissa Hyman gives tips to use it beyond the breadbin and finds it’s jolly easy to grow, too

If the transient laws of food and fashion are anything to go by, rocket should long have outlived its usefulness. Yet its star continues to rise, fuelled by availability, price and sandwich vendors’ penchant for cramming it into every lunch they can. It was expected to retire gracefully once younger, sexier rivals such as mizuna, pea shoots and mustard greens came onto the scene. However, much as garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and parmesan have become British staples, so rocket has replaced watercress as the peppery adjunct to salads and roasts. In Roman times, rocket was held to be an aphrodisiac, and was an important ingredient of love potions. Virgil wrote how it could excite the sexual desire of drowsy people. Its lascivious powers were tempered by eating it mixed with lettuce, said to have a calming effect. Some modern studies suggest those who eat it on a regular basis have...read more

  • Kale

    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

  • Cauliflowers

    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

  • Chicory

    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Rhubarb

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

  • Spinach

    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

  • Honey

    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Cucumbers

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

  • Aubergines

    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Figs

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Chard

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Quince

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Clementines

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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