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Caper

Capparis spinosa

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Not actually a berry or even a fruit at all, but the unopened flower bud of the caper bush. Cleopatra was said to have served them at feasts to win the love of both Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

The unopened flower buds should be picked on a dry days, early in the morning when the buds are still tight. Harvesting is carried out regularly throughout the growing season.

Propagation

Seed
Pre-soak seeds. Plant at a depth of 1 cm in well drained medium. Sowing depth of about 1 cm.
Cuttings
Collect growing caper berry cuttings in early Spring, with six to 10 buds on the cutting.

Special features

Drought resistant
Plant flourish in dry conditions.

Geography

Origin
Growing wild in the Mediterranean. Cultivation of caper bush is mostly often found in Spain and Africa.
Natural climate
Semi-arid or Arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Edible capers are the unopened flower buds of the caper berry. Could be eaten pickled, salted or fried.
Notes
Culinary. Medicinal.

Personality

Family
Capparaceae
Flower colour
White to Pinkish-white
Scent
Mild

Problems

Caterpillars

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