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