Cloves, Madagascar, Ground
Native to the Molucca Islands (also known as the Spice Islands), cloves are also produced in Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil and Zanzibar. They have an almost pungent aroma as well as a sweet and spicy flavor.
The first trip around the world took three years and was partially motivated by the search for cloves.
Ground cloves are a key ingredient to Chinese Five Spice. They can also be added to beef and pork dishes. Cloves combine well with apples, fruit cakes, salads, sweet potatoes, squash and pot roasts. Use caution when using cloves in a dish that is left to stand, as they produce sharpness in the flavor.