Cloves are the unopened flower buds of a small evergreen 50 ft tree, native to 'Moluccas' or 'spice lands'. It is the buds that are harvested and dried in the sun. India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Grenada are the main producers of this spice. Cloves have a unique unparalleled taste which is strong yet at the same time pleasing, burning yet at the same time numbing, Used in savory foods and at times in sweets. Cloves impart a wonderful mouthwatering aroma in foods. Essential to Indian Garam Masala, Indian meat dishes, Pulaos and added to many Indian Curries. Integral to cooking year round, spices are supremely important to have in your pantry. It's impossible to imagine many dishes without their distinctive spices and seasonings. Whether you would like your dish flavored bold or subtle, spices add a taste dimension to meals that is simply irresistible.
Spices enhance the natural properties of foods and are an important part of the complex and magical flavors of ethnic cuisines. Spices are high in flavor yet low in fat, calories and sodium offer the opportunity to explore new tastes.