Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are commercially harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Our cloves are from Indonesia. Like many other spices, cloves are commonly used whole and ground. We highly recommend keeping them whole and grinding them when needed. A simple coffee grinder that is dedicated to spices is all you need!
The flavor of cloves is bitter, hot, rich and a little sultry with hints of fruitiness while the aroma is strong with undertones of camphor and pepper.
Cloves are one of the more pungent spices and their intensity can even be enough to “burn” your taste buds unless blended with other spices. Even when used with other spices cloves should be used sparingly as they will easily overpower any dish.