Clove, queen of spices from indonesia

let's meet cloves


Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family MyrtaceaeSyzygium aromaticum (/sɪˈzɪəm ˌærəˈmætɪkəm/).They are native to the Maluku Islands (or Moluccas) in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice, flavoring or fragrance in consumer products, such as toothpaste, soaps, or cosmetics.Cloves are available throughout the year owing to different harvest seasons across various countries.

The clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to 8–12 metres (26–39 ft) tall, with large leaves and crimson flowers grouped in terminal clusters. The flower buds initially have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest. Cloves are harvested at 1.5–2 centimetres (5834 in) long, and consist of a long calyx that terminates in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals that form a small central ball.

If cloves – the clove tree’s flower buds – are not harvested, they turn red during the flowering process [Photo: Denis Moskvinov/]


Clove usage comes from its flower bud and bud stem that processed by natural drying or fan blower drying. Cloves are a versatile spice that add flavor while also providing health benefits. They are high in antioxidants, may help regulate blood sugar, can kill bacteria, and more.

Dried clove bud

Cloves are used in the cuisine of Asian, African, Mediterranean, and the Near and Middle East countries, lending flavor to meats (such as baked ham), curries, and marinades, as well as fruit (such as apples, pears, and rhubarb). Cloves may be used to give aromatic and flavor qualities to hot beverages, often combined with other ingredients such as lemon and sugar. They are a common element in spice blends, including pumpkin pie spice and speculaas spices.

The spice also used in a type of cigarette called kretek in Indonesia. Clove cigarettes were smoked throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Clove cigarettes are currently classified in the United States as cigars.

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Source : wikipedia, healthline