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Nasturtium Seed Capers Recipe: Poor Man’s Capers

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings: 1 Cup


  • 1 Cup Young green nasturtium seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup White wine vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon White Sugar
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • Optional: you can adjust this recipe with your own flavor combinations to include a few sprigs of thyme, slightly crushed peppercorns and/or garlic


  • Wash the nasturtium seeds.
  • Place the seeds in a clean bowl and cover them with water and the salt. Leave them on the kitchen bench for 2 days. This step helps to mellow the strong flavor.
  • Drain and rinse the seeds and pack them into a sterilized glass jar.
  • In a saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a gentle simmer to dissolve the sugar.
  • Pour the liquid into the jar of nasturtium seed, ensuring all seeds are submerged under the liquid. Add the bay leaf and any other optional flavor enhances (mentioned above).
  • After the liquid has cooled, secure the lid on the jar and keep it in the fridge for up to six months.