How to make Poor Man's Capers from nasturtium seeds


Poor Man's Capers
How to make gourmet capers from nasturtium seed pods

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Nasturtium flowers and seed pods are edible
Nasturtium flowers and seed pods
have a nutty-pepper flavor

Nasturtiums are well known for their edible flowers and "grow anywhere" reputation. But did you know that the seed pods are edible, too? I call them Poor Man's Capers. Now you can enjoy a continuous supply of capers by following this simple pickle recipe:

Poor Man's Capers

Real capers are pickled buds from the caper bush, a perennial shrub that thrives in the Mediterranean region. Capers are a gourmet condiment and these pickled nasturtium seeds are an impressive substitute.

After the blossom falls off, pick the half-ripened (still green) nasturtium seed pods. Continue picking as long as the seed crop continues. Drop them in a boiled and cooled mixture of:

1 quart white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons pickling salt
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon pickling spice
1 clove garlic, smashed
4 to 6 peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Keep the mixture refrigerated and use the nasturtium pickles in sauces, dips, casseroles, soups, stews and as edible decorations. For an added attraction, freeze 2 or 3 nasturtium capers in ice cube trays and use them to dress up your next glass of V-8 or favorite ale.

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