Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)

Annual
C. edentula. non Hook. Bunias cakile.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sea Rocket
Cakile maritima
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves, stems, flower buds and immature seedpods – raw or cooked. They are rich in vitamin C but have a very bitter taste[4, 66]. Used mainly as a flavouring[132]. Very young leaves can be added to salads whilst older leaves can be mixed with milder tasting leaves and used as a potherb[183, K].

    Root – dried and ground into a powder, then mixed with cereal flours and used to make bread[2]. A famine food, it is only used in times of scarcity[183].

    The seed contains a fatty oil[74]. No more details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow late spring or early autumn in situ. Germination is usually rapid.
Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are easily grown in a garden situation and can self-sow if the ground is disturbed by hoeing etc[K]. This species is closely related to C. edentula, which is native to N. America[17]. The seed is often dispersed by floating in sea water[17].
Coastal areas of Europe, including Britain, the Mediterranean, Baltic and Black Seas.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.