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Ground Madagascar Cloves

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Native to the Molucca Islands (also known as the Spice Islands), cloves are also produced in Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil, and Zanzibar. The first trip around the world took three years and was partially motivated by the search for cloves.

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Ground Cloves Q & A

What are cloves?

Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum) which are harvested when they are immature then dried.

What do cloves taste like?

Cloves are sweet and spicy with a pungent aroma that pairs well with allspice.

What are cloves used for?

Though they have a strong flavor and should be used in small amounts so as to not overpower other flavors, cloves are a great addition to both sweet and savory dishes. They are often used in desserts like apple pie as well as pickling and mulling spice mixes, curries, rice, and in slow cooking broths and stews.

Cooking With Ground Cloves

Cloves are an essential ingredient to many dishes, but use a light hand as its flavor can easily be overpowering. Also use caution when using cloves in a dish that is left to stand, as they produce sharpness in the flavor. 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.

Other Names

Syzygium aromaticum


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