Clove, a spice with a rich history and diverse uses, is derived from the sun-dried flower buds of the clove tree, turning them brown and hard with a spicy, hot flavor. With over 2000 years of use in Asia for both medicinal and culinary purposes, cloves gained popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages, rivaling even pepper in fame.
Interestingly, a staggering 95% of the world’s clove production is dedicated to making Indonesian cigarettes, despite its widespread culinary use. The clove tree’s fragility and the practice of harvesting its buds before petal emergence, which typically begins in the tree’s eighth year, contribute to this unique situation.
Cloves are known for their various health benefits:
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