Spices, cloves, ground

Fun Facts

  1. Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.
  2. Eugenol comprises 72-90% of the essential oil extracted from cloves, and is the compound most responsible for the cloves’ aroma.
  3. Cloves have an assertive, characteristic taste given by the essential oil eugenol, they go well with savory and sweet foods but must be used sparingly.
  4. Store whole cloves for up to one year in an airtight container/jar out of direct sunlight. Ground cloves lose their flavor very fast.
  5. Good quality whole cloves are reddish brown in color and will exude some oil when pressed with a fingernail.
  6. Cloves are an essential ingredient in the Chinese five-spice powder.

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