- Capers are the unripe flower buds of Capparis spinosa. They are also called Flinders rose. Capers are perennial winter deciduous plants which are native to the Mediterranean and some parts of Asia and South Africa.
- These are an integral ingredient in Mediterranean cuisines.
- After these pea sized buds are cultivated, they are dried in the sun and used in pickles due to their tangy lemony flavor. Ancient history says capers were used in Sumerian food.
- Capers range in size from that of a peppercorn or nonpareil up to the size of a small green olive.
- Larger capers are stronger in flavor but if you want to enjoy its aroma go for the tiny ones.
- Caper buds are picked by hand. They not only add some vibrant flavor to your meals, they are also known for their immense health benefits.
- One tablespoon of capers contain just two calories. Hence capers can be a good option if you are following a low calorie diet. Apart from its low calorie benefit, they also contain antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamins essential for optimum health.
pickled capers are 84% water, 5% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and 1% fat. Preserved capers are often particularly high in sodium content. In a typical serving of 28 grams (one ounce), capers supply 6 calories and 35% of the Daily Value (DV) for sodium, with no other nutrients in significant content. In a 100 gram amount, the sodium content is 2960 mg or 197% DV, with vitamin K (23% DV), iron (13% DV), and riboflavin (12% DV)