Caper (Capparis spinosa) is a shrub from the Mediterranean region. It
is best known for its edible buds and fruit which are usually consumed pickled.
The pickled or salted caper buds (also
called capers) are often used as a seasoning or garnish. Capers
are a common ingredient in Mediterranean
cuisine. The grown fruit of the caper shrub is also available, prepared similarly
to the buds, as caper berries.
berries, when ready to pick, are a dark olive green and about the size of
a kernel of corn. They
are picked and then pickled in a vinegar and salt solution. Capers are often enjoyed
in cold smoked salmon or cured salmon dishes,
salad, and also pasta.