Flinders Rose

Out by the shed, near the chicken coop. The place everyone hangs out to discuss the various edibles they raise in their gardens/allotments.

Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 7th, 2017, 7:14 am

AKA Capers I now know I have seen then growing here but did not realise what they were. I shall be on the lookout for them when we hire the car. It would seem that this is the perfect time for picking them.
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby StokeySue » June 7th, 2017, 8:05 am

In Santorini they pickle the wild caper leaves as well as the buds and add them to salads
Think they might be a bit spiky raw
Flinders Rose?
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby scullion » June 7th, 2017, 8:26 am

Unread postby StokeySue » June 7th, 2017, 9:05 am
Flinders Rose?

the caper bush's common name
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby StokeySue » June 7th, 2017, 8:33 am

scullion wrote:the caper bush's common name

Not exactly common in my experience! Never heard it, but I've been able to recognise a caper for decades

The "common" (not!) names florists invent always amuse me, like when they suddenly decided that kalanchoe was "commonly" known as Flaming Katy, which nobody had ever heard of :lol:
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Herbidacious » June 7th, 2017, 9:23 am

I looked it up. It's quite a pretty flower. I take it you are on your hols, Zosh :)
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 7th, 2017, 3:34 pm

Yep, Herb., Serifos and yesterday Sifnos. Just two of the Little Cyclades, classic white cubed houses with blue trimmings, and strict about it they are too !
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 8th, 2017, 12:21 pm

Found capers today growing in abundance out of a wall, I had a carrier with me and we picked some and some leaves, we had the leaves many years ago on Angistri. So having just had a lunch of half a spinach catherine wheel and noodle salad have put the capers and leaves in to soak in the first lot of water, this happens for 3 days (changing the water every day). Not sure what the cleaner will make of it. :?
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Herbidacious » June 8th, 2017, 4:00 pm

ooh lovely - to holiday - and the caper find. How exciting!

I am off to Normandy tonight. I suspect I won't find capers ;) really really hoping for cherries (we have a massive tree, but have only once been there when it was fruiting and didn't have the means to reach the cherries as too high up) but not holding my breath.
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 10th, 2017, 2:50 pm

I bought dark cherries here recently - really nice but to aid my gout.... now very much better.

This morning, I made a brine with vinegar recommended by the girl in the s'market - had salt and water and added the soaked (but only for 2 days, too many days and apparently no flavour is left) capers and leaves on short stems and jut bought to a simmer then left to cool. When cold packed into a 500ml water bottle with the brine and they are now in the fridge, will be rotated until we leave and then packed and returned to UK. I did try one and felt it was to our liking, they can be soaked if necessary but like a certain amount of astringency for them to 'work'.

I do so love getting involved with local ingredients !
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby scullion » June 10th, 2017, 2:59 pm

shame it's not seed season.
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 10th, 2017, 4:20 pm

You are right Scull. but I fear our cool summers would not allow for a Flinders rose to cultivate. They are very pretty roses :D
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby scullion » June 12th, 2017, 7:56 am

i bet they'd do it here. i had clivia in flower, outside, this spring and my strelizia bud is just about to break. both live outside all winter - plus there's always the greenhouse or poly tunnel.
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby StokeySue » June 12th, 2017, 9:24 am

The problem with growing them would seem to be they take a long time to be ready to harvest, but you can get the seeds from UK suppliers

https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_1354k_caper_seeds

Naybe I'll stick to nasturtiums
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 12th, 2017, 12:07 pm

The fruit - capers have been curing in the vinegar/brine in the fridge and an early tasting and the signs are good. They fit perfectly into a 500mil plakky bottle and will be in a bag, wrapped in a towel in stowed luggage.
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 16th, 2017, 12:35 pm

These have now been decanted into jam jars, having used some in the dressing for the slow cooked aubergine dish I am cooking, I did of course sample (would have been rude not to!) and I am pleased with the results. :tu: :tu:
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby cyprusmoira » June 16th, 2017, 1:17 pm

I did not know that they were called Flinders Rose, I saw banks of them this morning, untouched because they were by a busy road, too much pollution.
The stems are also pickled here

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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 20th, 2017, 2:16 pm

Moira, I also picked stems and pickled them. :tu:
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 22nd, 2017, 6:47 am

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My picked capers, and examples of capers on stems
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby StokeySue » June 22nd, 2017, 9:48 am

Looking good Zosh! :hi5:
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Re: Flinders Rose

Postby Zosherooney » June 22nd, 2017, 9:50 am

Thanks Sue, they taste good too :chops:
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