Let me just say that caperberries are not capers; so for all of you that were about to discard this recipe, not so fast! Same plant, completely opposite flavors! Both caperberries and capers are immature buds of the caperbush, which is derived from the plant, Capparis Spinosa, located throughout the Mediterranean. Capers are much smaller, with a round shape, salty kick and sometimes, crunch. Caperberries, on the other hand, are oblong, semi-green fruits about the size or slightly larger than a table grape with a sweet and tart punch of flavor.
I first stumbled upon caperberries when I was waiting tables at Quartino Ristorante in Chicago. At Q, they served a similar dish, but instead of chicken they used sea scallopsÂ that sat on a bed of escarole. The flavor of the scallops with the lemon sauce along with a nice spicy kick from red chilies and the bite of the caperberries made that dish my absolute favorite. Read More