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Bunias orientalis, Turkish Rocket


Turkish Rocket is a perennial crucifer with edible leaves and flower buds. Traditionally forced like Sea Kale, but it can be just grown for a regular supply of leaves in the kitchen garden. Mild flavour.

A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil in a sunny position. Plants have also been seen growing exceedingly well in the dappled shade of a woodland garden. Plants are quite tolerant of neglect, growing well amongst long grass. The young spring growth can be quite badly damaged by slugs, though more mature plants grow away so quickly that this does not seem to be a problem.

Sow April in a cold frame. Germination is usually very quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer.

The seed can also be sown in situ in the spring, though the seedlings are rather prone to slug damage.

Edible uses:

Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked. The young leaves have a mild cabbage flavour that goes very well in a mixed salad, though some people find them indigestible. The leaves are a bit hairy so we find them less than wonderful when eaten raw on their own. The cooked leaves make an excellent vegetable. The leaves are available early in the year, usually towards the end of winter, and the plant will continue to produce leaves until late autumn, with a bit of a gap when the plant is in flower.

Flower buds and flowering stems - raw or cooked. A pleasant mild flavour with a delicate sweetness and cabbage-like flavour, they make an excellent broccoli substitute though they are rather smaller.


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