Cloves have an almost pungent aroma as well as a sweet and spicy flavor. Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree, which is a tropical evergreen that can live up to 100 years. They resemble small brads or tacks and their name comes from the French word ‘clov’, which means ‘nail’.
Not only are these cloves larger than our Madagascar cloves, they also have higher oil content. Their near perfect condition makes them ideal for pomander balls. Whole cloves can be used as garnishes, to stud fruit, hams or onions and for decorating gingerbread and other cookies.
Flavor of Ceylon Cloves
These unopened flower buds of the clove tree are sweet and spicy with a pungent aroma and pair well with allspice.
Uses of Ceylon Cloves
Stud fruit (make pomander balls), ham, and onions. Garnish sweet and savory dishes. Decorate gingerbread and other cookies.
Ceylon Cloves Recipe
For 4-5 T of mix: Grind 2 t cloves, allspice berries, and 4 bay leaves. Mix with 1 T pepper, 2 t salt, and 3/4 t ground nutmeg, mace, celery, and dried onion