Cloves, from Madagascar
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If you're a fan of allspice and nutmeg, cloves are very similar to these spices. Cloves have a rich culinary and medicinal history dating back thousands of years. With a rich aroma and spicy taste, cloves are used to flavour many foods, particularly meats and bakery products.
They are derived from the flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree, right from the source in Madagascar and delivered to you "farm to fork".
Available As: Whole or Ground Powder
What Does It Taste Like?
Cloves are quite powerful in both taste and scent. This intensely aromatic spice can add a sweet warmth to any dish they are added to. In essence, cloves is sharper than cinnamon, less floral than cardamom and closely related to nutmeg in flavor.
How Is It Used?
One of the most common uses of this aromatic spice is flavoring hot drinks, like mulled wine, as well as flavoring sweet dishes like stewed fruits.
Cloves are also a main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce, and are commonly used to add sweetness and spice to other sauces, jams, and pickling mixtures. Whole cloves are used for flavoring and usually removed from recipes before serving.
Cloves also have some non-culinary uses; such as in cigarettes or as an ant repellent.
Cloves are derived from the flower bud of Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree. They are a popular spice around the world and are used in a wide range of international cuisines.
In addition to their antibacterial properties, cloves may also promote better liver function. and they might also assist in diabetes management. Also, Clove oil has been found to be a natural method for maintaining oral health.
- Add a few cloves into a piece of meet before cooking.
- Add a warm flavor to your pumpkin or sweet potato pie.
- Use it for your mulled wine.
- Add flavor to your soups with whole cloves.
- Use with curries and other spicy food.
- Use cloves in your apple sauce.
- Savory: Clove & Cider Glazed Ham, Moroccan Couscous.
- Drinks: Under the Mistletoe Punch, Mulled Cider.
- Sweets: Butter Cookies with Clove Sugar, Dutch Poached Pears, Chai Sweet Potato Cupcakes.
- Pickling: Dill Pickles, Spiced Pickled Beets.
Cloves should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dark place. Whole cloves have a longer shelf life than ground cloves.
Flavor Profile: Mild/ Sweet
Use: Soups & Stews, Hot Drinks, Sauces & Jams, Meat
Cuisines: African, Asian. Middle Eastern