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Ground Madagascar Cloves

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Ground Madagascar Cloves are the ground, unopened flower buds of the clove tree. Ground cloves are an essential ingredient in many savory dishes, and are most commonly used to season pork, beef and pot roasts. Ground cloves from Madagascar also add a particular sharpness and flavor to sweeter recipes, like cakes, apple pies or fruity desserts.

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Ground Madagascar Cloves Q&A

What are ground cloves?

Whole cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum) which are harvested when they are immature then dried. Ground cloves are the dried, finely ground powder version of whole cloves.

What do ground cloves taste like?

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

What are ground cloves used for?

Though they have a strong flavor and should be used in small amounts so as to not overpower other flavors, ground cloves are a great addition to both sweet and savory dishes. They are an essential part of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Cloves 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. Ground cloves combine well with apples, fruit cakes, salads, sweet potatoes, squash and pot roasts.

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Syzygium aromaticum


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