Cloves - Information and Spice Variations

Cloves are by far the most prominet of the spices known as "flower spices." Just before the buds blossom, they turn pink, at which point they must be harvested immediately. One tree yields about a seven-pound harvest. The flavor of the clove is rich, sweet and sultry. The high percentage of eugenol will produce a numbing effect if you put a whole clove in your mouth. In fact, before modern anesthetics, dentists often prescribed that their patients with toothaches pack cloves around the infected area to numb the pain. In Indonesia, where cloves grow freely, great amounts of cloves are also imported for their use in Kretek cigarettes, which are a blend of tobacco and ground cloves. In France, an ingredient crucial to any stock is a whole onion studded with cloves. In the USA, we use whole cloves primarily to stud ham or pork roast. Ground cloves are used in desserts, cakes, pies, custards, and liqueurs. Cloves can also be used to make lovely, long-lasting scented pomander balls. Although cloves are now grown around the world, originally cloves were native only to a handful of tiny islands near Indonesia. At the height of the Age of Exploration, European nations fought each other for control of these Spice Islands, the only place in the world to get precious cloves and nutmeg.

Cloves, Whole or Ground

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Cloves are by far the most prominent of the spices known as "flower spices." Just before the buds blossom, they turn pink, at which point they must …

Sri Lankan Organic Whole Cloves

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These beautiful hand-picked and -sorted cloves are as aromatic and flavorful as any we've seen traditionally grown. Cloves are native to only a tiny…