Cloves isolated on white background

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Cloves isolated on white background

By Amy Grant My association with cloves is limited to glazed ham spiked with them and my grandmother’s spice cookies lightly accented with a pinch of clove. But this spice is actually used extensively in a number of cuisines, including Indian and even Italian where pasta might be brightened up with the addition of a little clove. Anyway, because of my limited interaction with the spice, it came as quite a surprise to find out that cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree. This fact got me to wondering about harvesting and picking cloves. About Harvesting Cloves The clove tree is a tropical evergreen of the family Myrtaceae that reaches heights of between 25-33 feet (8-10 m.). Native to Indonesia, the tree produces clusters of flower buds, which when dried become brown, hard and nail shaped. In fact, their English name is derived from the Latin word

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