Capers are small green pearls, that grow and live on the rocks kissed by the sun and the sea. The ones from Pantelleria are an explosion of taste with such a perfect balance between salinity and aroma to gain the PGI identification. Taste them with some tomatoes and a glass of wine for the perfect aperitif.
Pantelleria, a small island with lots of flavors
Pantelleria is a Sicilian island located in the center of the Sicily canal. The geographical location and the richness of the terrain have been fundamental in its history: they have made it an immense heritage of biodiversity and also a meeting place for the peoples living in the Mediterranean.
Dammuso is the typical dwelling of the area and was designed by the Arabs between the 6th and the 7th century AD. using the materials of the territory. They can be recognized by their white domes, making the landscape unique. They are the result of great architectural knowledge. In fact, this type of structure takes advantage of the climatic conditions of the island, making the environment comfortable for the inhabitants, and acts as a collector of rainwater that ends up in an underground cistern.
On the walls that mark the limits of the gardens around the dammusoes, it is easy to find capers warming under the sun’s rays.
Caper: flower or fruit?
Perhaps you don’t know that the caper we commonly eat is not the fruit but the flower bud.
If the bud is not harvested it blossoms, from the flower grows the fruit – called cucuncio – that produces the seeds from which new plants will mature.
The collection of Pantelleria capers is extremely difficult because plants need to live on unreachable, often steep and stony soil. Collection does not require special skills, it is only important not to break the tip of the branch from which new capers will grow.
Neither the caper nor the cucuncio can be eaten just after harvesting. Both need to lose their bitter and spicy flavor: in-salt maturation comes about in vats. The volcanic origin of the island makes it a product of unique taste, but capers conquers especially for their rebellious temperament. The plant’s foliage does not need special care, indeed it grows free without anyone deciding what wall to stick to. The caper grows in the most uninitiated places thanks to an accomplice, the gecko, who, by ingesting the seeds of the fruit and expelling it. allows propagation even in very impervious areas.
Find Pantelleria capers, combined to dry tomatoes, in the patè in the Sicily Joy Appetizer box for a dip in the Mediterranean.