Growing & using Caper Bush
If you are patient, you can watch this incredible Caper flower open before your eyes. If you are hungry for Capers, you will never see this magnificent vision. It is the young, tender green flower pods that are picked and pickled.
This bottom bud is too young and the top bud, which is just about ready to open, is too old. The middle one is just right for pickling.
Caper bushes are spiny, trailing, deciduous shrubs native to the Mediterranean that like to creep in amongst rocks and limestone.
Caper Bushes grow in zones 8- 11 but, because they are slow growing, they can be grown outdoors in a pot in full sun during summer and brought in for the winter. Do not overwater indoors and provide as much light as possible.
In W.E. Shewell-Cooper’s book Plants, Flowers and Herbs of the Bible, we learn that the Hebrew word for Caper is tapher which actually means desire. Capers are found in Jerusalem and around Nazareth and are offered as a sort of Hors d’oeuvre to stimulate the appetite or to increase the desire to eat.
Caper makes an excellent addition to our Biblical Herb Garden Six Pack.