The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits. Other parts of Capparis plants are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics.
Capparis spinosa is native to the Mediterranean. It is endemic to almost all the circum-Mediterranean countries, and is included in the flora of most of them, but whether it is indigenous to this region is uncertain. Although the flora of the Mediterranean region has considerable endemism, the caper bush could have originated in the tropics, and later been naturalized to the Mediterranean basin.
The taxonomic status of the species is controversial and unsettled. Species within the genus Capparis are highly variable, and interspecific hybrids have been common throughout the evolutionary history of the genus. As a result, some authors have considered C. spinosa to be composed of multiple distinct species, others that the taxon is a single species with multiple varieties or subspecies, or that the taxon C. spinosa is a hybrid between C. orientalis and C. sicula.
12 Amazing Benefits
1. Antioxidant Powers
Capers are rich in flavonoid compounds including rutin and quercetin. Both these compounds are potent sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to prevent free radical, which can cause cancer and skin related diseases.
Rutin helps in smooth circulation of blood and it can be very helpful in treating strained blood vessels.
Recent research reveals quercetin has analgesic, anti- inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
2. Mineral Mine
Capers contain minerals like iron, calcium, copper and high levels of sodium.
1. Calcium helps in building strong bones, and teeth.
2. Copper combines with certain proteins to produce enzymes that act as catalyst to help a number of body functions.
3. Iron helps our muscle to store and use oxygen. It is a part of many enzymes that help our body to digest food.
3. Vitamin Vitality
These tasty herbs are storehouses of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin, and riboflavin.
1. Vitamin A improves eyesight and helps us see in the dark. It may also reduce the risk of certain cancers. This essential vitamin helps our body fight off infection and retains our immunity system.
2. Vitamin K plays a vital role in bone health. It lowers the risk of blood clotting.
3.Niacin protects against cardiovascular diseases and also supports cognitive functions, the nervous and digestive system.
4. Riboflavin, also called vitamin B2, helps the body to convert food into fuel that keeps us energetic. It is also known to support adrenal function. Thus it helps to maintain a healthy nervous system.
4. Fiberlicious Good
Capers are potent sources of fiber. Fiber reduces constipation. A tablespoon of capers contains 0.3 grams of fiber, about 3 percent of your minimum recommended daily fiber intake.
5. Bad Enzyme Buster
People who include fat and red meat in their daily diet should eat capers since it destroys certain byproducts found in meat and foods which are rich in fat. These byproducts are often responsible for cancer and cardiovascular disease.
6. Rheumatism Relief
Capers have been used as a treatment for rheumatic pain in ancient Greece.
7. Relieves Flatulence
Caper relieves stomach ache and flatulence. In addition, these spicy buds are eaten for improving appetite.
8. Diabetes Buster
Capers help to keep diabetes in check. Capers contain chemicals that keep blood sugar in check. Avoid consuming high quantities of capers if you are already using diabetes medicine as both tend to lower blood sugar.
9. Congestion Relief
These are also known to prevent chest congestion. It reduces phlegm.
10. Dry Skin Relief
Capers are good for dry skin. They can be used directly on the skin to keep it moisturized.
11. Skin Aid
It is also used in treating skin disorders such as skin redness, irritation and pimples. Hence, capers are used in skin care products. In addition, caper helps to slow down the aging process due to its antioxidant properties.
12. Promotes Hair Growth
Capers are widely used in hair care products too since it is rich in vitamin B and iron. Both are known for promoting hair growth. Vitamin B helps blood circulation in our body. Thus it sustains the overall health of hair since blood circulation is a primary condition for healthy and shiny hair. Iron helps to prevent hair loss.