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caper,

common name for members of the Capparidaceae, a family of tropical plants found chiefly in the Old World and closely related to the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustardmustard,
common name for the Cruciferae, or Brassicaceae, a large family chiefly of herbs of north temperate regions. The easily distinguished flowers of the Cruciferae have four petals arranged diagonally ("cruciform") and alternating with the four sepals.
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 family). Capparis spinosa is cultivated in the Mediterranean area for its flower buds—capers—which are pickled and used as a condiment. The spiderflower (Cleome spinosa) is a common garden annual. The family also includes a few species indigenous to the United States, e.g., the burro-fat (Isomeris), a common desert shrub of the Southwest. The caper family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales (or Brassicales).

caper

1. a spiny trailing Mediterranean capparidaceous shrub, Capparis spinosa, with edible flower buds
2. any of various similar plants or their edible parts
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Caper is used in traditional medicines to cure various illnesses due to the presence of beneficial compounds.
For us, hosting Critter Capers in the spring and fall allow us to take advantage of Easter and Halloween.
In Greek popular medicine, a herbal tea made of caper root and young shoots is considered to be beneficial against rheumatism.
Like all plants, you wonder who on earth first discovered the method -- and how many deaths there were before someone found that capers could be eaten but ricin-producing castor beans, which also grow wild on the hillside above, kill you.
I agreed that this was a shame as the sharp, salty taste of capers is very pleasant and compliments any number of dishes.
Cook's tip - Caper paste is great for adding flavour to pasta dishes, or served on toasted French bread, topped with olives and salami as a snack.
Karen's Caper boasts some black-type milers among her close relatives and throughout her extended family.
JOHN GOSDEN, who won the 1,000 Guineas five years ago with Lahan, can repeat the performance at Newmarket this afternoon with Karen's Caper.
One hundred years ago Edwin Porter shot The Great Train Robbery, and ever since caper films have been runaway hits.
Sea Scallops with a Nutmeg, Caper, and Raisin Emulsion (Serves 6)