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A pickled olive-green flower-bud, from a low-growing deciduous South-European shrub. The flowers are picked by hand when they start to open, but they are never eaten fresh.
In Spain, the grape-like fruit are eaten as an alternative to olives.
Capers are a necessary ingredient of 'tartare' and 'remoulade' sauce.
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