Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as Syzygium aromaticum. Found in both whole and ground forms. In addition to their sweet, aromatic flavor, cloves are known for their potent medicinal properties.
This evergreen tree that grows in Asia and South America, cloves are a spice used in cooking and are also said to offer several health benefits. The tree's leaves, flower buds, and fruit are used to produce clove oil, which is widely used in aromatherapy.
Did You Know? Ancient Romans used cloves for culinary and medicinal purposes. In fact, they were one of the most expensive spices in Europe in the Middle Ages.
This versatile spice can be used to season pot roasts, add flavor to hot beverages and bring spicy warmth to cookies and cakes. You may know cloves as one of the main ingredients in gingerbread baked goods or a staple spice in Indian cuisine.
The eugenol in clove is known to provide relief. The substance is an anesthetic and has antibacterial properties, and this helps you deal with the pain. If you have a much severe toothache, such that grinding cloves with your teeth is not possible, you can use crushed cloves. Crush the whole cloves and place the powder on the affected tooth.
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Use in variety of savory dishes.
Use with other spices to create a spice blend for curries and meat dishes.