Baby Leaf - young leaves - are leaf vegetables that are eaten raw at a very early development stage. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, in some cases even 40 times more than the mature plants. Young leaves are one of the foundations of a healthy, low calorie diet. They look great and have a distinct, concentrated taste.
Wild rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) is a vegetable plant that has its origins in the Mediterranean. It is particularly popular in Italian cuisine, where it is added to salads, cottage cheese, mozarella, eggs and cold snacks. Wild rocket is a perennial plant. It develops a rosette of long (18 cm), dentate, spiky green leaves with a characteristic, savoury taste. Rocket blooms from May to September with large inflorescences that consist of small (8 - 14 mm in diameter) yellow flowers that sit atop long (80 - 100 cm) stems. Wild rocket seeds are also used in Italian cuisine as seasoning. Rocket leaves are a rich source of vitamin C, essential oils, iron and iodine. Regular consumption of rocket helps fight inflammations, improves body resistance and the condition of bones and sight.
Seeds of the wild rocket may be sown all year long to containers or all vegetation season directly to the ground. Seeds are sown 0.5 cm deep by hand or in rows a few centimetres apart. First leaves may be harvested already 3 - 4 weeks after the sow when they have reached 8 - 10 cm in height. The leaves grow back rapidly after the harvest, making 2 - 3 harvests possible from one sow. Wild rocket does not require much in terms of the soil, it is, however, sensitive to drought and requires regular watering. It is resistant to temperature drops, even below -20°C, therefore it winters in the open field. It will grow effectively both on sunny and partially shady sites.
A package contains 2 g of Baby Leaf wild rocket, as well as the sow-by date and growing instructions.
- Weight: 2 g
- Use: direct, raw consumption
- Harvest time: 3 - 4 weeks after the sow
- Vegetation form: perennial
- Foliage: long, pinnatisect, sharp-tipped leaves
- Site: sunny or partially shady; sufficiently moist soil