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Freshly ground cloves yield a rich chocolatey brown powder with an intense aroma and a powerful warming flavor. Cloves contain a high amount of eugenol, which is the phenol compound that lends these dried flower buds a spicy eucalyptus-like scent as well as a sweetness. Other spices like bay, nutmeg, licorice and allspice, also contain eugenol, but the content in cloves is so much higher that eugenol is sometimes called "clove oil."

Not surprisingly, cloves pair well with these aforementioned warming spices and when blended can they complement cloves' sweetness with additional bite and/or savory notes. Ground cloves can therefore be used to create interesting sweet or savory dishes.

Ground cloves lend themselves easily to dusting desserts or beverages from chais to coffees and teas. In creamy sweets they add an edge of spice. Drinks and foodstuffs that have some fat will distribute the flavor compounds best. In fact, rich, creamy eggnog gets its “bite” from a dusting of ground cloves.

Ground cloves also offer complexity to spice combinations from Indian garam masalas to Chinese 5-spice recipes and are a signature spice for pumpkin lattes and other squash-flavored foods and beverages.
QUICK INFO
cloves , ground
PROCESSING / FORM
ground
BOTANICAL NAME
Syzygium aromaticum
VOLUME
1.5 oz (43 g) per 1/2 cup
ORIGIN
Madagascar
BOTANICAL NAME
Syzygium aromaticum
AKA
clove
clove bud
clove buds
Cloves were considered one of the most desired spices during the Age of Exploration. Traders from The Netherlands and Great Britain battled for sovereignty in the market and therefore over the original group of islands in Indonesia called the Moluccas, also known as the Spice Islands.

These islands are home to the highly fragrant bushy evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Syzygium aromaticum. This impressive tree can reach heights of 50 feet, sprouting branches from a thick trunk. It flowers in its fifth year. It's these flower buds, grouped in clusters, for which these trees are prized and cultivated. The buds are harvested prior to flowering while an immature pink — then, as they dry, they turn into their signature dark brown color and are recognizable as the spice: clove.

Named for the French word clou, meaning nail, the clove does indeed look like a small nail or tack with a bulbous head and straight body.
USAGE HINT

Less ground cloves are needed when substituting for whole. We suggest ¾ tsp ground cloves for 1 tsp of whole cloves.

QUICK FACT

In the early 1600s the Dutch fabricated clove scarcity and secured their monopoly by burning clove trees on the islands that they didn't control in the Indonesian archipelago.

 
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