Cloves

Cloves Cloves are derived from the aromatic flower buds of the evergreen tree in the family, Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. Cloves are one of the most common spices used in cuisine from Africa, Asia and most of the Middle East. Cloves have been used to enhance the flavor of curries, marinades, meat, desserts, pies and many types of sauces. In addition, cloves are also used to enhance the taste of many beverages like citrus drinks, and even tea. Today cloves are used heavily in many Spanish and Mexican dishes. Cloves have a very distinct aromatic flavor when used in small amounts. When used in large amounts, the taste can be bitter. Cloves are rarely used alone but often combined with cinnamon and cumin. Unlike most other spices, cloves are generally added in the middle or the end of cooking. If cloves are added at the beginning, the flavor can be overpowering. No more than a few cloves are used for each dish. When using cloves, it is important to remember that the flavor can be enhanced with the use of vanilla, allspice, red wine, onions, star anise, basil, and peppercorn. Clove can be bought as a powder or a stick. Cloves need to be stored in an airtight container to retain its aromatic flavor. Today cloves can be bought from almost any grocery store in North America and are relatively cheap. Besides food, cloves are also used in cigarettes to enhance the flavor. In some parts of the world, clove powder is mixed with other chemicals and used as a fragrance. Many Indians believe that cloves have medicinal properties and often use clove oil for the treatment of arthritis, common cold, diabetes and high blood pressure. Clove oil is also used to provide soothing massages.

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    Cloves are derived from the aromatic flower buds of the evergreen tree in the family, Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to

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