13 May 2022
What Are Capers?
Capers are the immature buds of a Mediterranean bush called Capparis spinosa, which is usually covered in tiny white flowers. The buds are harvested, cured in salt brine for about 30 days, then packed in jars with vinegar, olive oil or other liquids. They're commonly used as a garnish for dishes like fish and salads, or added to sauces and marinades. Capers come in different sizes and colors depending on how long they've been cured. The longer they cure, the larger they become (and the more expensive).
Caper berries are the unripened flower buds of a Mediterranean plant in the caper family. They have a mildly pungent flavor and are often pickled or brined, but they're also used fresh in salads and other recipes.
There are many varieties of capers, including non-piquant types that are commonly used as a seasoning. The most common variety is the non-piquant green caper, which is usually sold canned or bottled. The green variety can be used interchangeably with the yellow non-piquant variety when cooking.
Capers contain 0 grams of carbs and 0 grams of sugar, making them a keto-friendly ingredient. They're very low in calories (1 tablespoon contains only 5 calories), but they're also packed with vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon of capers contains 2 percent of your daily value for vitamin K and 1 percent for iron — as well as small amounts of potassium and magnesium.
Capers are a great addition to any low-carb diet, but are they keto?
The answer is yes! Capers are naturally low in carbs and contain several vitamins and minerals that make them a healthy addition to any diet.
Yes, capers are keto. They can be a great addition to your diet and are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
Capers can be found in either brine or salt water, but it's the brined variety that is the most commonly used. The brining process typically takes about three weeks. The capers are submerged in a mixture of water and salt for three weeks, during which time their flavor develops into a tangy pickling brine.
Although capers can be eaten raw, they're usually cooked in some way before eating them. They're often used to flavor sauces and other dishes or added to salads.
Benefits of capers
Capers are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which may help protect against heart disease and cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They also contain potassium and iron, which help support healthy blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of anemia.
Other health benefits of capers include:
Helping lower cholesterol levels
Boosting energy levels**
It's an easy plant to grow and maintain. You don't need much space, and it's not picky about sun or shade. It can grow in your backyard or in containers on your deck or patio.
It's versatile. Caper plants can be used as ground cover, edging and borders, or as a specimen plant. They're also easy to prune into standard hedges or topiary shapes like balls and pyramids.
It attracts beneficial insects and other wildlife to your garden — bees will love the flowers and butterflies will enjoy snacking on the flowers as well as laying their eggs on the leaves. The leaves contain a substance called capsaicin (the same chemical found in chili peppers) which deter pests such as aphids, mites and spider mites from attacking the plant.