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Rocket salad, Tira, Arrugula, Ruccola

Cruciferae, Brassicaceae Eruca sativa Mill.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a low growing annual 1 to 2 feet high. Leaves are compound. Flavor ofyoung, tender leaves is pungent, resembling horse-radish. Its leaves areharvested in spring or fall, and additional growth and leaves are produced. Theplant is grown more in Europe than in the U.S. Exposure of leaves is comparableto that of spinach.

Season, seeding to first harvest: 2 to 3 months.

Production in U.S.: No data; very minor.

Use: As pot herb and in salads.

Part of plant consumed: Young, leaves only.