Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Rocket Nutritional Facts

Rocket leaves. Photo by kelpenhagen
Is an edible annual plant naturally from the Mediterranean basin, easy to find in the wild or beside routes or around the city in countries like, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Spain or Italy, once upon the time considered a bad vegetable; since the Roman times has never enjoyed such a popularity like now, starting such popularity two decades ago when top restaurant started to use like a side dish. Today rocket is present in a lot of salad recipes because the peppery acid flavour of the rocket leaves stand up over the rest of salad leaves. Rockets leaves are at their best at the end of the winter.

Rocket Nutrition Facts per 100g

Vitamin C
Vitamin A
25 kcal
15 mg
2373 IU

 Like other greens, rocket is a very low calorie vegetable; just 100g of fresh leaves provides just 25 calories and also has many vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can immensely benefit our health. The rocket is rich in Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C, the last one help to a better absorption of the Iron that is also in the rocket leaves. Also rockets are good in fibre and the bitter flavour helps the digestive system.

In the market

Today rocket is harvested all year around in green houses, but the rocket natural season start to end of the winter to beginning of the summer.  In the supermarket or fresh market look for crispy green colour young leaves. Discard any with yellow, wilted, bruised leaves. At home place in the vegetable container of your fridge. 


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