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Old 04-14-2005, 02:08 AM   #1
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Question about Capers

This will sound dumb but...."Non pareil capers." What the heck does that mean anyhow?

I mean does anyone sell "Pareil capers?" What's up with non pareil?

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Old 04-14-2005, 02:43 AM   #2
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This will sound dumb but...."Non pareil capers." What the heck does that mean anyhow?

I mean does anyone sell "Pareil capers?" What's up with non pareil?
Non pareil means 'without equal'.... :D
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Old 04-14-2005, 07:21 AM   #3
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It is a vareity of caper.

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Old 04-14-2005, 11:31 AM   #4
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A "Non Pareil" is a little round ball used for cake decoration. They are the size of a BB.

So "Non pareil caper" is referring to the size of the caper berry. They would be the small ones most commonly found in supermarkets.

I general, you can use most any supermarket caper berry. The large ones (olive size) areused more for snacking and garnish
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A non pareil caper comes from Southern France and is considered the finest - hence the "without equal" in the name
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Old 04-14-2005, 02:01 PM   #6
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Nonpareil capers can come from France, but it's more likely that they come from Spain or Turkey or Morocco (where most capers we buy in the supermarket come from)

Capers are graded by size, the smallest of which are referred to as "nonpareil." Maybe that's because they are considered the best, but it's still a refernce to the size of the berry. One of the links below is to the chart rainee posted.

http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/condiments/condiments-details-6795.asp

http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/n...prrfnbr=149778



http://www.mexgrocer.com/13237.html



http://www.victoriapacking.com/capers.html



http://www.shopnatural.com/html/16568.htm
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Old 04-14-2005, 02:10 PM   #7
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I really had no idea of all that. Very interesting thanks.
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #8
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Thumbs up

Thanks, jpinmaryland for the question. Coincidentally, my coworkers and I had this very discussion at lunch today.
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:19 PM   #9
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it was one of those naive questions that are actually worth getting an answer to.
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Old 04-15-2005, 04:40 PM   #10
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jpi there are no stupid questions. I love capers. A thing than happened with three of my girlfriends and I were having a night out for dinner. One of the friends ordered grilled salmon. When it arrived at the table it looked winderful and I was actually sorry I had not ordered it, anyway my friend leans over and whispers "why are there little green peas all over the plate?" I informed her that they were capers, then had to proceed to quietly explain what they were. We all laughed about that, her included, and she loved them.
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