Native to Indonesia, cloves are tiny dried aromatic flower buds that come from clove trees. When used for cooking, people use it for its sweet, but peppery aromatics. Available either grounded or whole, the spice can be used for sweet or savoury, for meats, and even drinks (think mulled wine). However, even though it may appear like a tiny nail it should be used in moderation as its flavours can become quite overpowering.
Three recipe ideas on how to use cloves:
- Ham with cloves, honey, and dried cherries by The Inn at the Crossroads
- Poached pears by Pastry Pal
- Vegan massaman curry by Joanne Eats Well with Others