Capers are the edible flower buds of Capparis spinosa, a bush native to the Mediterranean. You’ll find them in jars at the supermarket pickled in vinegar or brine, so give them a rinse before use. Capers add bite to salads, play a key role in tartare sauce, and complement fish well.

Less widely used are the larger caperberries: a grown-up, spinsterish version of the caper.


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