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Know Your Ingredients: Caperberries

If you were surprised to learn where capers came from, it might be helpful to get a primer on a close relative, the caperberry. Do you know the difference between the two?

These oblong, semi-green fruits, which are picked from the same plant as capers, are similar in size to small grapes or olives. The berries have a brined, lemony taste that's reminiscent of capers, but with less salt and intensity. If the immature blossoms of the flowering bush aren't selected to become capers, they flower into a white and violet-colored bloom, and later fruit to produce a berry that, when brined, has a milder, less piquant flavor than a caper.

Caperberries have varied uses from their smaller counterparts; they're often eaten as a snack alongside antipasti or placed in lieu of olives as a garnish in Bloody Marys and martinis. They can also be incorporated into savory salads.

Do you prefer caperberries to capers? What are your favorite ways to consume them?

marybethsf marybethsf 8 years
I love caperberries but use capers more. So much so that my guy jokes about it
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I had no idea.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Quite honestly, I've never seen them before. They sound like they'd be kind of good though. Especially if they taste like the little capers...yummy!
Advah Advah 8 years
I could eat jars of these. I usually have them as appetizers, with grilled red peppers and olives.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I LOVE caperberries, I rarely have them though
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I just had these yesterday with an excellent fillet Mignon tartar.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
Not into olives and not into capers, unless it's the definition of adventure.
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