Cloves (Eugenia caryophyllata) have a distinctive, concentrated aroma, which is sweet and penetrating. Native to the spice islands of Indonesia, cloves are grown across the world in areas with tropical climates such as Brazil, Madagascar, and India.

Cloves have a long and celebrated history. Highly prized in Roman times, cloves derive their name from the Latin clavus, which means "nail," owing to clove buds' rather pointed shape. Cloves were also valued in ancient Chinese civilization as well as the Middle East.


Culinary Uses of Cloves

Beyond their use for incense (and cigarettes -- don't get Dr. Ayala started on that), clove buds are often used as a spice for cooking. However, due to their strong flavor, only small amounts of clove are required when cooking, especially when dried and ground. Today, cloves flavor many meat dishes from the Middle East and North Africa. They are also often used in teas and are believed to have various medicinal properties, particularly related to the stomach.

Enjoy the rich and penetrating flavor of cloves in Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon Herbal Water.