Cloves Whole

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Most people are familiar with ground cloves as a baking spice, but whole cloves also have culinary value. A ham studded with cloves and baked is a popular winter dish.

Simple holiday ornaments can be made from oranges peppered with cloves, or you can welcome guests into your home with the enticing aroma of simmering potpourri that consists of cinnamon sticks, orange peel and whole cloves.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound3.5
plant part usedflower buds
processingwhole cloves dried
why buy whole cloves?Flavorful and fragrant.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaDark brown with a spicy aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in oil for use as a massage oil or to make salves, ointments and other topical formulations.
culinaryUse whole in baked or stewed fruits and crushed in baked goods.
householdTincture in alcohol or witch hazel for use as a general disinfectant.
aromaticUse in simmering potpourri and in floral crafts.
industrialThe spice is used in the food industry to flavor a variety of foods and beverages.

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flavor profile


Warm and spicy with an affinity for cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.

formulas & recipes


Herbal Spa
DIY Spiced Stimulating Oil Recipe

what else you should know


Clove is a spice made from the dried flower of a type of myrtle tree that is native to the Maluku Islands, also known as Spice Islands of Indonesia. The tree is also cultivated to harvest the spice elsewhere, including Brazil, Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar. Like cinnamon and similar aromatic spices, clove played a significant role in the economic development of the East Asia.

For centuries, clove has been used for the preservation of food. In fact, at one time, it was more common to use the spice to keep meat from spoiling than it was to use it as a flavoring. The active constituent responsible for the warm flavor and aromatic characteristics of clove is eugenol, an antioxidant with antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory qualities that has been used for various purposes in the pharmaceutical industry, most notably dentistry. As a rich source of this compound, clove is also an ingredient in soaps, ointments and other cosmetics.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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