Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lost in Translation

Today I went to the mall with my mom and Joe. We stopped at a little cafe for lunch. The cafe was quite considerate in that they had their menu in both English and Spanish.

Joe ordered a sandwich called the prosciutto grana. You can see it listed on the Spanish side of the menu (it's the second one). So it comes with prosciutto, grana padano (a type of cheese) and rúcula, which translates to arugula. Or so we thought.

Nope. Apparently rúcula is actually a new type of sandwich ingredient called 'rocket'.  Yum. Again, here's the same sandwich listed on the English side of the menu.

Here's his prosciutto, cheese and rocket sandwich.

Sticking with the theme of rockets I picked Rocket Man by Elton John for music video Sunday.



  1. I think we were too fast to make fun of the arugula translation. Apparently "rocket" is another named for arugula. This from wiki:

    Eruca sativa (syn. E. vesicaria subsp. sativa (Miller) Thell., Brassica eruca L.), is an edible annual plant, commonly known as rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, or arugula, not to be confused with Wild rocket. It is a species of Eruca native to the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal in the west to Lebanon and Turkey in the east.[1][2] It is closely related to Eruca vesicaria and included by some botanists in that either as a subspecies E. vesicaria subsp. sativa[3] or not distinguished at all;[4] it can be distinguished from E. vesicaria by its early deciduous sepals.[3]
    A row of Eruca sativa planted in a vegetable bed

    It is an annual plant growing 20–100 centimetres (8–39 in) in height. The leaves are deeply pinnately lobed with four to ten small lateral lobes and a large terminal lobe. The flowers are 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) in diameter, arranged in a corymb, with the typical Brassicaceae flower structure; the petals are creamy white with purple veins, and the stamens yellow; the sepals are shed soon after the flower opens. The fruit is a siliqua (pod) 12–35 millimetres (0.5–1.4 in) long with an apical beak, and containing several seeds (which are edible). The species has a chromosome number of 2n = 22.[2][3][5]

    Vernacular names include garden rocket[3] or simply rocket (British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand English),[2] eruca,[2] rocket salad,[6] and arugula (American English). All names ultimately derive from the Latin word eruca, a name for an unspecified plant in the family Brassicaceae, probably a type of cabbage.[7]

  2. I've seen arugula listed as "rocket" on menus too. Like you, Maggie, I had a good chuckle over it.