Make Your Own Capers from Nasturtiums

Make Your Own Capers from Nasturtiums

Posted 2018-11-23 by finyfollow

Many of us have nasturtiums growing once a year wild in our gardens!

You can eat most of this plant and once it starts to die it develops seeds which you can use to make a type of caper! Often called the "poor man's caper", they are easy to make.

This was my first attempt at these, as I normally do not use the seeds, and I made two jars full. They have a slightly different taste to capers and can be added to salads and other meals.

This recipe is for one jar, and as I had heaps more seeds, I made another, so you would need to double ingredients for two jars.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes plus standing time
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 jar

About ½ cup nasturtium seeds - make sure they are green and not brown
2 tsp salt
2 cups water
2 tsp sugar
¾ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Chili flakes - optional
Cumin - optional

  • Rinse the nasturtium seeds thoroughly and put them in a jar.

  • Make a brine mixture by dissolving 1 tsp of salt in 1 cup of water, and pour it over the nasturtium seeds.

  • Put a lid on the jar and allow it to stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

  • Drain and rinse the seeds again.

  • Repeat the brine solution again, allowing it to stand another 24 hours.

  • It may have a slight sulphurous odour, but do not worry, this is normal part of the brining process.

  • Drain and rinse the seeds thoroughly. Put them in a sterilized jar.

  • Bring the vinegar and sugar to the boil and pour over the seeds making sure you cover them completely, and let them cool.

  • You can add the optional spices to the vinegar mixture, and you can add any spice you wish here.

  • Once they are cooled, place a lid on the jar and refrigerate once you have opened them.

  • They will last in the fridge for at least 6 months or even more.

  • The flavour is slightly stronger than an ordinary caper.

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