Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree, which is a tropical evergreen that can live up to 100 years. They have an pungent aroma as well as a sweet and spicy flavor.
Whole cloves can be used as garnishes, to stud fruit (make pomander balls), hams or onions, and for decorating gingerbread and other cookies. Although cloves aren’t called for often, they are essential to many ethnic dishes.
Flavor of Madagascar Cloves
These unopened flower buds of the clove tree are sweet and spicy with a pungent aroma that pairs well with allspice.
Uses of Madagascar Cloves
Stud fruit (make pomander balls), ham, and onions. Garnish sweet and savory dishes. Decorate gingerbread and other cookies.
Madagascar Cloves Recipe
For 5-6 T of mix: Blend 3 cinnamon sticks with 1 1/2 T cloves, 1T allspice berries, 1 1/2 t blade mace and inner cardamom, and 1 t dried orange peel