Scientific Name: Capparis spinosa
Common Name: Caper Bush
Other Common Names:
Caper, Caper Bush, Capparis
Spinosa, Kabar, Kebre, Caperbush
Plant Type: Perennial
Where To Plant: Full Sun to Partly Shady
Soil Types: Average
Zones (See US Zone map): 9-11
Number of Seeds Per Pack: 25
Notes: Large beautiful white flowers. The unopened flower buds are pickled in strongly salted wine vinegar.
CAPPARIS SPINOSA Capers, a fixture of Mediterranean cuisine for 2000 years, are made from the unopened flower buds of this plant. The buds are pickled in strongly salted wine vinegar to develop their characteristic aromatic pungent
flavor used to such advantage in French mayonnaise-based sauces, vinaigrette, and
savory butters. Capers tend to reduce oiliness in foods, and possess a natural affinity for garlic and lemon. A straggly, slow growing shrub of dry, rocky areas of the Mediterranean and North Africa. Raising caper bush from seed is not for the novice; germination is slow and typically less than 30%. For best results, freeze seeds in moist sand for 2 weeks,
and then sow while keeping moist and dark.
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Any statement made concerning medical
conditions treated with this herb is not intended as sound medical advice. The
seeds are NOT to be ingested only planted. Herbs need to taken only with
the guidance of a trained physician or established herblist.