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Wild caper – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for the wild caper plant.

Capparis spinosa Wild caper leaves and fruit berries

About Wild caper (Capparis aphylla)

Wild Caper, also known as Kerda, Kair, Karir, Kirir, and Karril, is a small, branched tree or thorny shrub that bears many thin, often tangled looking, leafless branches and grows to a height of about 15 feet.  Leaves are usually only found on young shoots and mature plants lose their leaves during the dry season. Its stems are gray-green and its flowers pink.  It bears green berries that turn pink when mature (birds are very fond of the berries).

Habitat and Distribution of the Wild caper plant

These shrubs form large stands in scrub and thorn forests and in desert scrub and waste. They are common throughout North Africa and the Middle East.

Edible Parts of the Wild caper plant

The spicy fruit and the flower buds of young shoots are edible raw.

Wild caper plant picture gallery

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Inner wild caper fruit via Wikimedia Commons by Rohalamin with usage type - Creative Commons License. June 11, 2021
Wild caper fruit via Wikimedia Commons by Rohalamin with usage type - Creative Commons License. June 11, 2021
Wild caper plant via Wikimedia Commons by Rohalamin with usage type - Creative Commons License. June 1, 2021
Flower of Wild Caper Capparis spinosa in full blossom via Wikimedia Commons by Davidbena with usage type - Creative Commons License. June 23, 2022
Wild Caper berries in a bush via Wikimedia Commons with usage type - Creative Commons License. July 2, 2018
Capparis cartilaginea Wild Caper open fruit via Wikimedia Commons by Florian Prischl with usage type - Creative Commons License. October 28, 2007
Thorny caper (Capparis spinosa) via Wikimedia Commons with usage type - Creative Commons License. April 9, 2014
Capparis spinosa Wild caper leaves and fruit berries via Wikimedia Commons with usage type - Creative Commons License. December 16, 2012
Illustration Capparis spinosa Wild caper via Wikimedia Commons by Otto Wilhelm Thomé with usage type - Public Domain. 1885

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Capparis spinosa Wild caper leaves and fruit berries via Wikimedia Commons with usage type - Creative Commons License. December 16, 2012
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