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September 15, 2017

Health Benefits of Caper | Nutritional Value

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 late giving fruits - every five years, and the method of harvest and harvest time is very sensitive function of the whole story of caper.

As for the harvest, it is important to harvest harder and fewer buds. 

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

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

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

Nutritional Value of Caper


Caper 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


Caper is a spice that is rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, and minerals. 

Caper contains many antioxidants (rutin, quercetin) - quercetin gives caper an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer property, while rutin is the protector of the blood vessels from 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, pronounced as 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 edema and water retention in the body.

- Caper can be used by diabetics but is also used as preventive  agent in developing diabetes.

- Contains an abundance of antioxidants which make caper a good protector 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. Most often, caper is using for preapring sauces, salads, for coating the meat for the grill, fish, seafood, combined with sardines and anchovies.

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

Preserved capers in brine you could use directly from the jars and pickled capers rinse just prior to use if you want to soften their sharp taste.