Growing and eating capers (Capparis spinosa)

By Hervé , on July 27, 2021 , updated on April 21, 2023 - 4 minutes to read
Caper (Capparis spinosa)

Where can I buy capers?

Caper without thorns - Sale on line of plants of caper without thorns not expensive | Leaderplant.

When to harvest nasturtium seeds?

Plant When should the seeds be harvested? Germination time
Capucine When the fruits (formed of 3 shells) change from green to yellow. 4 years
Cosmos Before the long-bowed seeds dry up 2 years
Wallflower When the stems, the fruits, change colour from green to brown. 4 to 5 years

Where can I find Capriers?

In France, capers are found on walls, rocks and slopes with good sun exposure, in Provence, Corsica, Languedoc, Roussillon and Gironde.

What proportion of capers is consumed?

The thorny caper (Capparis spinosa L.) is a fabulous plant. You can eat everything on this small shrub with a few prickly thorns: the flower buds, which are called capers, the flowers, which are delicious, the small round leaves and the fruit, which is called caper.

How to multiply the Capriers?

Propagation The common caper Capparis spinosa is propagated by cuttings or by sowing. Seeds are removed from the fruit and sown as soon as possible in warm weather. Cuttings are taken in July-August from semi-mature wood.

How are capers grown?

Caper is a generally thorny, slow-growing, upright shrub with simple, thick, leathery, oval leaves. The shrub produces long, slender branches on which the flowers grow, and the buds are gathered by the gourmands before they open and bloom.

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Where do capers grow?

The caper grows naturally in the wild in Mediterranean regions, particularly in the Maltese archipelago and on the island of Pantelleria. Its flower buds are harvested by Maltese cooks. The caper, preserved in a vinegar brine, is the main ingredient of traditional Maltese cuisine.

What do capers taste like?

Salty and acidic, capers are a must-have condiment served with steak tartare. It also enhances the flavour of cold sauces, especially mayonnaise and tartar sauce.

You can find capers in any supermarket or delicatessen. You can also buy them online from specialist websites or from local producers. For optimum quality, choose hand-picked capers preserved in vinegar or salt rather than those sold in brine.

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