Wild caper – edible wild plant – how to find, identify, prepare, and other uses for survival.
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: 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: The spicy fruit and the flower buds of young shoots are edible raw.