Cloves are the rich, brown, dried, unopened flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree in the myrtle family. The name comes from the French word “clou” meaning nail.

Cloves primarily come from Madagascar, Brazil, Panang, and Ceylon. They have a distinctive strong, pungent, and sweet flavor. They’re also an amazing source of antioxidants packing 60 times the free-radical fighting power of blueberries!

Ground cloves add spicy depth to gingersnaps, cookies, applesauce, muffins, cakes, and other sweets.

Estimated Glycemic Load=1
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Selecting and Storing Cloves

Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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