THE THORNY SIDE OF DELICIOUS…

The harvest period runs from May until August, depending on the part of the plant to be used, where back-breaking work in the prickly heat and humidity and a detailed preparation gives a return of a wonderful flavour throughout the year.

 

 

Also known as the Flinders Rose, the caper bush is a perennial plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers with a beautiful perfumed scent. The beauty of the flower is off-set by the curved, mildly toxic thorns at the junctions along the stem, making the harvest a labour of love!

The plant is best known for the edible parts; the leaves, the flower buds (“capers”, which are often used as a seasoning), and the fruit (“caper berries”), all of which are usually consumed pickled.

 

Capparis spinosais found in the wild in the Mediterranean, East Africa, south-western and central Asia, the Himilayas, Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Australia. It is thought the caper bush could have originated in the tropics, and later been naturalized to the Mediterranean basin.  The caper bush requires a semiarid or arid climate and has developed a series of mechanisms that reduce the impact of high radiation levels, high daily temperature, and insufficient soil water during its growing period, making it the perfect plant here in Cyprus.

Read more: www.experienceourparadise.com/the-thorny-side-of-delicious

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