Question: are capers a part of the olive family

October 13, 2010


Curt's picture

Capers are the flower buds of the Caper Bush native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. They are picked, dried (usually in the sun) and pickled in a vinegar brine.

Curt's picture

No. But both being Mediterranean in origin you will find them together in many different dishes.

Elizabeth Neal's picture

Curt's answers are correct. I just wanted to mention that I have seen recipes for making your own caper substitute by pickling nasturtium flower buds.