What are capers?

I was just wondering...what exactly are capers? I really like them and I would love to know what it is that I am eating! Thanks. --iVillager Eileen8993


Dear Eileen8993:

Capers come from a plant native to the Mediterranean. They're actually little buds that are picked, sun dried and pickled in a vinegar brine. They have a pungent flavor that makes them a great accent for sauces. They're high in sodium though, so you'll want to use them in moderation or even rinse them before using to remove excess salt. When used in a recipe, always drain the liquid in the jar and only use the capers.

Holly Clegg is the author of Meals on the Move: Rush Hour Recipes.

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