Caper, a Delicious Bud

Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:41:35 a.m. Pacific Standard Time , ,

Did you know that capers are not the fruit, but the flower buds of the caper plant? They are harvested before they begin to open up. They are then dried, salted and pickled in vinegar. This is how they turn into a condiment with a tart and slightly bitter flavour. The smaller the capers, the more delicate their taste.

Real Bargains with SOSPlus

They are grown mainly in the Mediterranean region, where the climate is warm and sunny. The caper plant is a small, thorny and creeping shrub that can reach up to one meter in height, and it grows easily in the cracks of walls and rocks. If you have visited archaeological remains, walls or ancient castles in these areas between June and September, you will have probably noticed large white flowers with pinkish lilac stamens: These are the beautiful flowers of the caper plant.

Caper fruits, also known as caper berries, are oblong in shape. They are also preserved and used as food like gherkins or onions.

Try some of our recipes that are featuring capers:

Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca Sauce

See the recipe >>

Salmon Tartare

Salmon Tartare

Salmon Tartare

See the recipe >>

Fish Fillets in a Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

Fish Fillets in a Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

Fish Fillets in a Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

See the recipe >>

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on January 19, 2013.

Author

Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This website uses cookies to give the best user experience, monitor the site performance, offer social networks features, or display advertisements. By clicking "ACCEPT", you consent to the use of cookies in accordance to our privacy policy.

Our weekly newsletter includes:

  • Recipes, tips and advice on healthy eating
  • Occasional promotions on products & services from SOSCuisine and some trusted partners
  • Occasional invitations to help scientific research by answering surveys or participating in studies
  • Your email address will never be shared without your permission and you may unsubscribe at any time.
SOSCuisine, 3470 Stanley, Suite 1605, Montreal, QC, H3A 1R9, Canada.