Off the Beaten Aisle: Capers by J.M. Hirsch in Recipes, July 21st, 2011
This week, it’s flower power.
Because that’s exactly what capers are and do: They are the flower buds of a wild bush that lend serious flavor power to your cooking.
Our story starts several thousand years ago, when capers moved from simple would-be blossoms to culinary colossus.
That’s when the people of the Mediterranean realized that if they picked the buds of the caper bush before they opened, they could pickle them and use them to add a deliciously pungent flavor to their cooking.
And the pickling is key — fresh caper buds are insanely bitter.