Capparis Spinosa

Caper                                                                                                              Κάπαpη  

Capparaceae - the caper family                                                                          Dicot.


Capers grow wild on Skopelos, usually on rocks and walls; they often inhabit inaccessible sea cliffs.

The many branched plants are woody at the base with long green, trailing stems. The flowers are nocturnal, opening within an hour of dusk and last only 12-16 hours1. The soft green buds are enclosed in 4 green sepals, which open into the beautiful flowers of the caper plant, with 4 white petals, which are sometimes tinged with purple and a profusion of long, fine stamens which may be mauve or white.

Capers are unusual flowers, in that the ovary is supported on a fine stalk in the centre of and above the other flower parts; this develops into a drop shaped pod with many seeds.

A spineless form can be found in the area of the old kastro, and was probably introduced as a garden plant for culinary purposes. This was previously considered a separate species C. ovatum.

4-5.5cm 20-150cm
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Culinary uses of capers.

 The flower buds, picked early in the morning before they open, the young leaves and the green seed pods can all be prepared, salted and pickled to create a piquant ingredient for addition to meat and fish dishes and to spice up salads. The pickled buds are well known as the capers sold in jars.
More on preparing capers........
Cionura erecta

1.Chimona et al. . Study of variegated and white flower petals of Capparis spinosa expanded at dusk in arid landscapes. Journal of Arid Land. 2012.