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Cloves Whole

Syzygium aromaticum

Origin: Madagascar
From£24.55 per kg
Description

With its pungent, punchy aroma and flavour, clove is hard to miss. This spice is made from the flower buds of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum), which are harvested before they open and allowed to sundry.

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General use

In medieval times one of the cloves’ key benefits was its ability to mask the smell and taste of rotting meat – its forceful taste and scent are due to the chemical eugenol. But, there’s more to eugenol than just its ability to mask the lack of refrigeration in the past. It also has protective and medicinal properties, elevating its reputation as a highly valued spice.

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Some recipes rely on cloves – such as chai tea, gingerbread, biryani and mulled wine. Forget the cloves in any of these recipes and the dish would be unrecognisable. It makes a beautiful foil to rich game, gammon and pork in savoury dishes, while adding a tasty edge to apple pies, stewed fruit, chutneys and fruit cakes. The whole cloves are often used to stud a ham or gammon before cooking, or to stud oranges for scented pomanders. If using the entire bud, then it needs to be removed before serving as it has a hard, woody texture that could ruin the dish. The eugenol contained in cloves can also be transformed into synthetic vanillin – synthetic vanilla flavouring, which is around 300 times cheaper than naturally-derived vanilla.

Think of cloves, and you’ll most often think about a trip to the dentist. This is thanks to clove’s principal chemical component eugenol, which is a potent local anaesthetic and antiseptic. It is excellent for treating any painful tooth issues. Cloves boast antimicrobial properties that can help kill off harmful bacteria. It also has a vital role to play in regulating blood sugar function. Cloves contain the compound nigericin, which has been found to improve the purpose of the cells that produce insulin in the body.

No Christmas without the scent of cloves in the house. They are often used in reef making or stuck in oranges hung up to dry, spreading their perfume and filling the house with the scent of Christmas and mulled wine.

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