Capers are an ancient and revered “fruit” –
To define: the caper is the bud picked early and pickled or salt preserved.
The Caper Berry is the fruit that has grown on and developed, then harvested at a full size, then pickled.
Both are totally delicious and are rich in antioxidants, and are purported to have many health benefits.
Cleopatra was onto them and used them as (successfully) an aphrodisiac to woo Mark Antony.
Move over Oysters here comes Salmon and Capers…..?
Capers are perfectly suited to the Australian environment.
They not only survive in arid soil types they enjoy our warm sunshine, heatiness and have low fertiliser requirements.
Wind and costal conditions do not deter it either.
A shrubby low growing plant that can be a little bit deciduous in Winter, the caper bush will spread out to low round bush of about 1.5 wide and high.
One of the features of the caper is the very simple, elegant flowers that it throws>
Sweetly fragrant with long violet coloured stamens.
The plant will begin to fruit in its 2nd or 3rd year, producing buds in the summer and if left to develop the berries late summer and early autumn.
Postion your Caper Berry plant in a sunny well drained postion.
Always water in at planting and if the weather is very hot and dry keep the water up,Iremembering to err on the dry side.
A seaweed tonic is recommended every 3months and an all purpose organic fertiliser once a year is adequate.
Importantly position your Caper Berry where it can grow for a long time.
They do live for 50 – 100 years…..!