Pantelleria Caper

The Caper is a shrub with an average height of 30–50 cm, and bright pink and white flowers. It starts flowering between late May and September, and unopened buds are collected during this period. They have to be rapidly collected before dawn, as soon as the bud appears. Since 1996, the Caper of Pantelleria brand has been acknowledged as a protected geographical indication (PGI).

The dermocosmetic importance of the Caper derives from its high Quercetin content. Indeed the Caper from Pantelleria contains more Quercetin in relation to its weight than any other plant. Quercetin is a natural antioxidant. Its most important functions include a powerful action against skin damage caused by atmospheric pollution, UV rays or contact with irritants or aggressive chemical products.