Capers (Capparis)

Capparis Spinosa or collectively called Capers is flowring plant from the species of Capparaceae which is included in the Brassicaceae family. The family Capparaceae is probably originated in the tropics and gradually spread to the Mediterranean basin and other areas. This plant is famous for its edible flower buds, capers, which are used as a seasoning and as a fruit for direct consumption as well (caper berries. In addition, the plant parts of Capparis are used in the manufacturing of medicine and cosmetics.

Capers Food Iran

Iranian Capers

In Arabic countries and Persia, Capers is also called Abu Jahl watermelon. Caper is a bitter fruit that is mentioned in Persian with the letters of fox melon, bitter squash and bitter apple in the culture of native speakers of southern Iran called Khazar. Caper Plants can still be productive after 25-30 years.

This plant belongs to the watermelon family, but it deferens from ordinary watermelon, including its smaller size, firmer body, and bitter taste. Capers are harvested when they are the size of a pea. They are then dried with the help of sunlight and pickled because of their special taste. 

The salted and pickled caper buds used as an ingredient, seasoning or garnish. Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisines. The mature fruit of the caper shrub are prepared similarly and marketed as caper berries. Also Capers can be pickled in Brine (Salt) or/and Vinegar and then drained from it in order to achieve durability and also unique taste. The enzymatic reaction results in crystallized white spots on the surfaces of individual caper buds.

Capers are categorized by size with the smallest sizes being the most desirable: 

Non-Pareil, Below 7mm

Surfines, 7-8 mm

Capucines, 8-9 mm

Capotes, 0-11 mm

Fines, 11–13 mm

Grusas Above 14 mm

Capers Benefits

  • Decreases Blood Cholesterol
  • High Content of Vitamin K suitable for Bone Growth
  • Helps with Diabetics
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Moistens the Skin
  • Relieves Congestion
  • Prevent Cancer and Skin Ailments
  • Anti-headache and migraine pain
  • Anti-stomach worm and pumpkin worm
  • Antidote to scorpion venom and snake

Nutritional Value

8 Grams of Drained Capers include:

  • Energy: 1 calorie
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 237 mg
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.4 g
  • Vitamin C: 1%
  • Iron: 1%

Cappers Bulk packaging

Zista Group Capars are available in Consumer packaging of Glass Jar in different sizes and also BULK Packaging as below:
220 litter barrels with a net weight of 160 kg – Capers in packed in Brine with/without small amount of Vinegar.