Piana del Sele's wild rocket in the list of PGI products: how to cook
We are so proud to inform you that Piana del Sele's wild rocket is in the list of PGI products (Protected Geographical Indication of the European Union).
The PGI mark will give an important added value to this product, which will be sold all over the world with the European stamp.
Wild rocket is a plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family, cultivated in Mediterranean Lagoon since the Roman Period, who thought it to be aphrodisiac. Its seeds were used to prepare an essential oil for massages.
The cultivation of wild rocket in the Piana del Sele is favored both by the soil and by the Mediterranean climate. Thanks to its aromatic and robust flavour, it can be used both cooked and raw, and even in infusions. It is rich in calcium, folic acid, vitamins, and it supports digestion; it is also diuretic and rubefacient (it brings blood to the first layer of the skin).
Daily recipe: rocket pesto
Pesto is a typical pasta sauce widely used. The most popular is basil pesto, but there are many others, tasty as well, such as mint pesto, courgettes pesto or the one we suggest: wild rocket pesto.
150 grams of rocket
200 grams of extra virgin olive oil
75 grams of grated Parmesan
75 grams of Pecorino cheese
1 garlic clove
Table salt q.s.
Carefully wash the rocket, dry it and put in a food processor. Add Parmesan, Pecorino cheese, the peeled garlic clove, salt, and a small part of the extra virgin olive oil. Blend at low speed and gradually add the oil left until you get a blended and fluid sauce.
Your pesto is ready to use, or you can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Otherwise, you can freeze it.