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Basic characteristics of Caper


Caper (Capparis spinosa) is a plant that grows in tropical areas of the Mediterranean Sea, where is the most cultivated and used in Mediterranean cuisine.

The usable parts of the caper are berries, which is in the shape of flower buds and the size of peppercorns. Caper flowers are white with four white petals.

The characteristic of this plant is that it bears fruit late, every five years, and the method of harvest and harvest time is very sensitive function of the whole story of caper.

Capers are harvested by hand in early spring as they just closed buds; even they aren't edible in raw state.

Only after one-day drying and immersion in sea water, brine, vinegar or oil, caper can be use for further preparation. 

With this one day waiting period, capric acid and glycosides are synthesize, which gives caper a piquant taste.

Nutritional Value of Caper


Caper is a spice that is rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, and minerals, the most represented sodium. Contains many antioxidants (rutin, quercetin) - quercetin gives caper an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer property, while rutin is the protector of the blood vessels of the accumulation of bad cholesterol and formation of thrombus, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.


Caper is a spice that is rich in protein, fats, carbohydrates, and minerals - the most represented sodium

It contains many antioxidants (rutin, quercetin) - quercetin gives caper an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer property, while rutin is the protector of the blood vessels of the accumulation of bad cholesterol and formation of thrombus, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. 

Capers are highly appreciated according to presence of vegetable fibers that provide good digestion. 

Caper is a low-calorie food and is extremely nutritious and healthy.


Health Benefits of Caper


- Stimulates appetite, digestion, influences the secretion of digestive enzymes.

- It is considered as an ancient remedy against rheumatism.

- A good diuretic, removes oedema and water retention in the body.

- Can be used by diabetics but caper is prefered to used as preventive cure in diabetes developing.

- Contains an abundance of antioxidants, which are good protectors of blood vessels from damage and the appearance of arteriosclerosis and thrombus.

The use of capers in the kitchen


Caper is one of the main spices of Mediterranean cuisine but caper is also added in the mixture of spices. 

Most often, caper is use for storing sauces, coating the meat for the grill, fish, seafood, combined with sardines and anchovies, and dusted by salads.

Before using, wash fresh capers, and salted capers hold for a few minutes in water and then rinse. 

Preserved capers in brine can be used directly from the jars. 

Pickled capers rinse just prior of use if you want to soften their sharp taste.

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  2. I �� Capers in my diet. I like the taste and health benefits. I have severe arthritis.

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