Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Muslim merchants and sailors traded cloves during the middle ages in the lucrative Indian Ocean markets. Countries like Sri Lanka are famed for the commercial production of cloves. The Middle Eastern, African and Asian cuisines comprise cloves to lend flavor to curries, marinades and meats as well as to produce aroma in hot beverages. Ceylon cloves are also used in cigars, perfumes, toothpastes, repellants and Ayurvedic medicine.
The Ceylon cloves tend to have a larger head and milder flavor which is ideal for studding fruits and vegetables such as onions for chicken soup stock. Cloves are added as an ingredient to the spice blends for making mulled wine, syrups for poaching fruits and pickling spice blends. Clove oil is also used for the treatment of toothaches, bad breath and arthritis. Cloves also assist in reducing congestion whilst stimulating digestion.
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Sri Lanka Origin Cloves contain a high content of Volatile Oil between 19.5%-23.5%.