Capers and Caper Fruits:
Capers are the floral bud of a thorny plant called “Capparis Spinosa”. The tiniest buds grow at the tips and as you progress down the branch they become progressively larger. If left unpicked, they will eventually turn into a beautiful flower, and subsequently into an edible fruit (Caper Fruit).
Capers have a sharp piquant flavor and add pungency, a pleasantly peculiar aroma and saltiness to foods such as pasta sauces, pizza, fish, meats and salads. The flavor of caper may be described as being similar to that of mustard and black pepper. In fact, the caper’s strong flavor comes from mustard oil, “methyl isothiocyanate” arising from crushed plant tissues.