The caper plant’s thistle or There are also places where it is known as Gebre Grass. Capers are grown in our country where the Mediterranean climate is observed. However, it is generally seen that it can be grown in all regions except the Black Sea coast. It can be grown at an altitude of 1800 from places where the climate is suitable for growing conditions. Caper, or grebe herb, is a sun-loving plant. It does not have a sensitive structure, so it can be seen that it grows on rocky, stone, earthen grounds and even at the bottom of the walls. It has very strong roots, its roots can go down to 30-40 meters. It is also very resistant to drought. It is a powerful plant that can fight erosion. Although it depends on the climatic conditions, it usually starts to bloom from May and this flowering period continues continuously and gives fruit in August and September. The buds of the caper plant are collected before they bloom and kept in a kind of brine in salt water and used in various areas in the kitchen.
It is especially used in tuna fish or mixed seafood pizzas. In addition to the food industry, it is also used in the pharmaceutical, paint and cosmetics industries. For this reason, the Spaniards declared the caper as a national plant and took it under protection.
How to Make Caper Jam?
What should you do when making caper jam or consuming this plant in different areas in the kitchen? The smaller the capers you choose, the more delicious the result will be. Before you start making caper jam, you should soak the capers in cold water for a week. During this week, it is necessary to drain the water of the capers and freshen them with cold water every day. At the end of this period, filter the capers kept in a cold water bath and keep them in slaked lime for 1 hour. Then wash it, strain the water, put it in the pot and start mixing by adding one-to-one granulated sugar. After the capers are cooked, add 3 cloves and squeeze the juice of one lemon, then boil it for a couple of minutes and turn off the stove.
The ingredients you need to make caper jam:
- Slaked lime
- 1 lemon juice
- 3 cloves
- Grained sugar
The ratio of capers and granulated sugar must be exactly one to one.
What are the Benefits of Capers?
In the scientific researches carried out at the International Cancer Institute, in the production of extracts that provide antitumor activity. Among the plants used, caper has also taken its place.
For this reason, it is recommended to be consumed by people who want to have children. It has pain relief properties. It is very good for rheumatic pains. It is very useful for the digestive system. It regulates intestinal activities and has constipation-relieving properties and is a strong diuretic. It has expectorant properties. It helps to expel parasites and worms. It is good for scurvy. It reduces the risk of paralysis. It is very useful for gout patients. It is very useful in the problem of spleen enlargement. It helps treatment, increases the amount of platelets in the blood. It treats menstrual irregularity in women. It is good for stomach problems, especially useful for ulcers. It reduces the risks of hip-related disorders and alleviates symptoms. It is very useful for the liver, it regulates its functions.
The use of capers in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disease:
One of the plants that is highly recommended for MS patients is caper. Experts recommend that MS patients consume a small jar of this herb twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, on an empty stomach.
If there are drugs with cortisone in the drugs they use, its consumption is not recommended because it contains capers salt. It can be consumed after cortisone treatment is finished. Caper tea has both blood purifying properties and is an analgesic and antioxidant. For this reason, it is recommended to be consumed in MS patients.
Caper jam should be consumed in the treatment of blood diseases such as leukemia, low platelet count, anemia, anemia. It is recommended to consume at least 2-3 teaspoons of caper jam on an empty stomach in the morning and evening. It can also be consumed together with breakfast and snacks.
Patients with kidney stones are also recommended to drink caper tea on an empty stomach in the morning and evening (before going to sleep) and to consume 1 small jar of capers daily.
Gut patients are also recommended to consume 2-3 teaspoons 3 times a day (morning, noon and evening) on an empty stomach
How to Prepare Caper Tea?
Put a teaspoon of capers in 1 liter of hot water and infuse it for 5 minutes. Then you can strain the capers and consume the tea without adding sugar.
If you want to see the effects of capers on the disease during the MS disease process, you can request an MRI from your doctor after an average of 3 months of regular consumption and compare it with your previous MRI result.
Nutritional Values of Capers:
The caper plant is very rich in potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Caper buds contain plenty of protein and vitamin A.
In 100 grams of capers:
- 23 Kcal energy
- 4.89 g carbohydrates
- 2.36 grams of protein
- 0.86 g of fat
- 3.2 g of dietary fiber
- 138 IU of vitamin A
- 4.3 mg Vitamin C
- 0.88 mg vitamin E
- 24.6 mcg vitamin K
- 2954 mg sodium
- 40 mg potassium
- 40 mg calcium
- 0.374 mg copper
- 1.67 mg iron
- 33 mg magnesium
- 0.078 mg manganese
- 10 mg phosphorus
- 1.2 mcg selenium
- 0.32 mg zinc
- 83 mcg beta carotene
- 23 mcg folate
- <0.652 mg niacin
- 0.027 mg pantothenic acid
- 0.023 mg pyridoxine
- 0.139 mg vitamin B
- 0.018 mg thiamine