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capers seeds

Capers seeds
Don’t stop there. Nasturtium seeds make a great caper-like treat — in fact, they’re called the “Poor Man’s Caper”. Real capers are made from the buds of the caper plant. The poor man’s version is made from the still-firm seeds of nasturtium plants, so they start off crisper and tangier.

Nasturtium Capers – Capers Made From Nasturtium Seeds

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 pint (serves up to 32)

Nasturtiums are such cheerful flowers, it’s worth it to grow them just for their looks. But put a few extra plants in your garden to munch on! Every part of the nasturtium is delicious. The leaves and flowers have a warm, tangy flavor. Pick a few and toss the petals into a salad or float a blossom on top of a drink or soup.

Don’t stop there. Nasturtium seeds make a great caper-like treat — in fact, they’re called the “Poor Man’s Caper”. Real capers are made from the buds of the caper plant. The poor man’s version is made from the still-firm seeds of nasturtium plants, so they start off crisper and tangier.

The basic recipe is very simple. You can use them as is, on salads and in vegetable and fish dishes. Or you can create your own blend by adding a few additional spices.

How to grow capers

How to grow capers

How to grow capers

Mature caper bushes can grow three feet high and spread four or five feet. They require dry heat and intense sunlight to flourish. They will be killed by temperatures below 20 degrees F. In the north, bring the plants inside during the winter or just grow them in pots in a greenhouse. Seeds are dormant and notoriously difficult to germinate. You can just try starting the seeds, but the following technique will give the best success (40-50%).

Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours. Put seeds in a wet towel, seal in a plastic bag and leave in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Remove, soak again in warm water for 24 hours. Plant seeds 3/8 inch deep (lcm) in a mixture of potting soil/perlite/sand (50/25/25%). Use 4-6″ pots and put 4-5 seeds per pot. Seeds should germinate in 3-4 weeks. Grow until 3-5″ tall. Save the best plant; cut the rest with a scissors(don ‘t just pull them out). When transplanting, disturb the root as little as possible. For northem gardeners, when transplanting, protect plant from elements until it has taken (cover with plastic bag for the first 3-4 days, then cut top of the bag to admit some of the elements and leave a week, then remove entire bag) or use row covers. While not the easiest plant to grow, it is worth the effort to harvest and make your own capers.