cloves

whole
4.8
based on 13 reviews
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0.11 oz
75¢
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1.1 oz
$5
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1.1 oz
$4
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6 oz
$14
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whole
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Cloves are unopened flower buds from the clove tree, harvested and dried when they are pink-red, before flowering. Their strong flavor oils are stored primarily in the round head of the clove bud, but are also found throughout the stalk which contains oil glands as well. Cloves' predominant flavor compound is eugenol, which makes cloves not only intensely aromatic, but also warm and pungent in taste. Though this aromatic oil can also be found in allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon, there's such an abundance of it in cloves that eugenol is also called "clove oil."

Cloves can be found in a wide variety of cuisine from Asia to Africa and from the Middle East to India. The spice adds aroma to winter-weather hot beverages; warm astringency to meats and marinades; and a lightly sweet pungent spice to fruits. Clove spice is intense and so its strength requires sparing use.
QUICK INFO
cloves, whole
PLANT PART
flower bud
PROCESSING / FORM
whole
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

Whole cloves have also used to craft traditional pomander ornaments: Christmas oranges studded with cloves. They are both pretty and their long-lasting scent adds to a festive feeling. In Victorian England gifting such a pomander was a sign of warmth.

QUICK FACT

The clove trade was so intense that in 1667, the British ceded the Spice Islands to the Dutch in trade for the Dutch settlement on the island of Manhattan, then known as New Amsterdam.

 
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