What Do Cloves Taste Like? The Secret Of That Husky Taste

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Cloves come from the family of Myrtaceae; they are the fragrant flowers of a tree. These plants are native to Maluku Islands, Indonesia. They are used as a spice and are harvested commercially in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

These type of spice is available throughout the year. These flowers might be tiny in size, but they sure can be very nutritious and healthy. This article will help discuss how the cloves taste and nutritional benefits of them.

The Taste Of Clove

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The clove is one of the most intense tastes known to man. It gives a warm and sweet with a bitter flavor. Cloves are very strong and pungent in smell which is cause by Eugenol. Eugenol is what makes the taste of the clove. Even with just a small amount, this spice can be overpowering. It has a distinct and an undeniable warmth.

This spice is usually paired with nutmeg because these two spices tend to complement each other’s flavor. The combination of cloves and nutmeg is very popular and can be found on specific dishes all over the world.

The Appearance

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Cloves comes from evergreen trees that can grow up to 12 m tall. It has large leaves and sanguine flowers that are usually grouped in terminal clusters. The flower buds have a pale hue when they're young and tend to turn green when getting older. When it is ready to be harvested, it will be bright red in color. The harvested cloves are about 1.5 to 2cm in length.

Benefits And Uses

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These spices offer many health and nutritional benefits which are necessary for optimum health. Some Chinese use cloves as medicines for helping with problems of digestions such as vomiting and aching of the stomach.

The active ingredient found in cloves is called Eugenol. It is known to prevent toxicity of carbon tetrachloride, cures different kinds of inflammation and prevents cancers involving the digestive system. Here are some Benefits of the cloves.



The Eugenol has been used by the dentist in operations involving the root canal, fillings of teeth and general gum pain. These ingredients make up not only for a mild aesthetic but for antibacterial use also. Clove oil can be used for sore throats and mouthwashes.


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Clove oil can be used to massage sore muscles, arthritis and rheumatism. It also contains an assortment of flavonoids which includes kaempferol and rhamnetin which add to the clove’s mitigating properties.

Nutritional Facts

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Cloves are good source of manganese, Vitamin K, Iron, Magnesium and lastly, Calcium. These vitamins and nutrients are needed for the body to function properly. To further add, they will help you actually reduce and control your weight. The nutrients will help the body develop resistance against infections.

Selecting And Storing

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It is advisable to buy whole cloves rather than buy clove powder. Clove powder can lose its flavor quickly compared to whole cloves. To determine if the clove is good or bad, try placing it in a cup filled with water. The good cloves will float, and the bad one will sink. It is best to select cloves that are organically grown because it will give more flavor and assurance that was not irradiated.

Storing cloves is very easy. The best container for cloves is a sealed glass and stored in a cool, dark and dry area. If properly kept, ground cloves will last up to 6 months while whole cloves will be good for about 1 year. To further extend the cloves life, it can be stored in the refrigerator.

Facts About Cloves

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  • Cloves come from the Latin word “clavus” meaning “nail”.
  • They have been used by Chinese to cure different illness.
  • They are an essential ingredient in spice powders.
  • When pinche with a fingernail, it can exude some oil.
  • Some people believe that performing rituals can help in the cultivation of cloves.
  • Indonesians use cloves for various treatments.
  • In India and Sri Lanka, Cloves are used as a spice for cooking.
  • In America, they can be used in salad dressings, meat and other desserts.

A Note On Consumption

Consumption of cloves in large quantity can lead to gastrointestinal irritations and central nervous system disorders. Cloves are avoided during the stage of pregnancy. People who have stomach problems should avoid food prepared with cloves.

In Conclusion

Cloves are one of the most intense flavors known to man. It contains oil called Eugenol, which has been used as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It has been beneficial since the early times and up to date are used by dentists and for products such as mouthwashes. Cloves are strong and pungent in smell. They also taste warm and sweet yet bitter in flavor.

About the Author Emily Taylor

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