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Product Description
Caper leaves are the leaves of the caper plant, which grows on the steep Caldera slopes, on the island's stone walls and traditional terraced gardens. They are hand-collected and placed into jars with vinegar, for preservation purposes. They make delicious dishes when added to tomato and potato salads or fish and salted preserve recipes. They are also used in lentil recipes instead of bay leaves.
Ingredients
Caper leaves, water, salt and vinegar.
  • Net Weight
    100g
  • Gross Weight
    220g
  • Width
    6.8cm
  • Depth
    6.1cm
  • Height
    5.6cm
Product History
The proper blend of spices, sugar and vinegar with selected vegetables is the secret that gives pickles crisp texture, potent sweet and sour flavor and keeps them firm. Pickles are low in calories, contain no fat and are one of the oldest delicacies. Pickling is a way of preserving vegetables, where vinegar plays a crucial role. It is said that the method of preserving foods with vinegar was discovered 4000 years ago and clay containers were originally used to store them. References of the practice were found in the Bible, while the method began to spread widely in Europe in the 16th century.
Meet the producer: Union of Santorini Cooperatives
Union of Santorini Cooperatives
The Union of Santorini Cooperatives was founded in 1947 in order to protect the financial interests of Santorini producers of agricultural products.The cooperative’s winery is located within the traditional and listed settlement of Pyrgos, Santorini.Nowadays, the Union, meeting the modern requirements of the domestic and international markets, designs a new strategy and adopts modern technology and methods. Its investments in new facilities, new machinery, specialized scientific personnel, research and development, in combination with the respect to tradition, the ecosystem and the sustainable development of the island, have contributed to its successful operation both within and outside Greece.The main focus of the Production Department of SantoWines is to improve on an ongoing basis the quality of its wines with respect to the island’s 3500 years of winemaking tradition. SantoWines carry an Appellation of Origin of Superior Quality (OPAP) certification and are highly acclaimed as corroborated by the international awards and distinctions they have won. Parallel to its winemaking activities, the cooperative also specializes in the production of some of Santorini’s most celebrated products. Capers, caper leaves, fava beans, and cherry tomatoes are some of the island’s most representative products. Signed by SantoWines, they showcase to best advantage the iconic nature of the island of Santorini.
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Santorini

The history of the island of Santorini has not been determined by wars, pirates, conquerors and looting, but by the island’s active volcano. Santorini was first inhabited in 3000 BC by the Phoenicians, and it was called "Strongyli" - due to its round shape. In 1450 BC, a violent volcanic eruption completely destroyed the island of Santorini, and this beautiful Cycladic Island remained uninhabited until the 12th century, when the Lacedaemonians arrived to the island, and a new culture began to flourish. After that, we have the Byzantine era, the island's occupation by the Venetians in 1204, and the renaming of Santorini after the name of the church of Agia Irini (Saint Irene). In 1579, Santorini was annexed by the Ottoman Empire and it prospered in shipping and commercial activity. In 1830 it became part of the New Greek state, while in 1956, another, very powerful earthquake, shook the island and caused massive destruction.

The fascinating landscape of Santorini bears witness to the history of the island - the Caldera volcanic landscape, black sandy beaches, deeply embossed rocks, cliffs and archaeological sites. What one shouldn’t neglect to mention, are the so-called, ‘captains houses’, the traditional houses built in caves, and the much admired cycladic architecture, the vineyards and last but not least, the beautifully terraced gardens.

Santorini is an island that is interwoven with Greek cuisine art. It couldn’t have been otherwise: The catastrophic volcanic eruption on the island in the second millennium BC proved a blessing in disguise. Devastating as it may have been, it left behind volcanic ash soil which proved a bonanza for winegrowing and vegetable farming. In combination with the island’s meager rainfall, gusts of winds, and soaring morning temperatures, that soil has made Santorini the proud producer of flavorful vegetables that are unique to the island and grapes that yield superb, aromatic wines. The island’s top product is Santorini fava, a legume that gives a delicious, split-pea purée. In Santorini, fava has excelled itself to the point that it is now a PDO product while the island’s extraordinary cherry tomatoes are proudly waiting in line for their own PDO label. Other special Santorini products are capers and caper leaves. Taking creative advantage of the island’s outstanding products, local restaurants in Santorini have turned the island into a culinary wonderland looked upon as a model by the rest of the Greek regions.

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Caper leaves from Santorini "Santo" 150g

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Product code: 004982 Gross Weight 220g
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A wonderful and unusual pickle from the island of Santorini!
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