Baby leaf rocket is cultivated worldwide as a salad leaf. The leaves are usually mixed with Eruca & other baby leaf crops to form a mesclun-style salad. These crops have become popular due to their distinctive taste and texture in salads.
Diplotaxis tenuifolia is an erect mustard-like perennial, with branching stems that may exceed half a meter in height. It grows in clumps on the ground in a variety of habitats and is a common weed of roadsides and disturbed areas. The foliage is aromatic when crushed.
The seed usually germinates in the autumn, though it can be sown in situ in the spring.
Leaves - raw. Used in salads, they are very strongly flavoured of cress. The leaves have a hot flavour, very similar to rocket (Eruca vesicaria sativa) but more strongly flavoured - they make an excellent addition to a mixed salad but are too strong to be used in quantity on their own. The plant is very productive, producing leaves from early spring until the autumn.