Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum.
They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are commercially harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
The largest producer of clove bud Pemba Island is just off the coast of Tanzania.
The clove tree is an evergreen that grows up to 8–12 m tall, with large leaves and sanguine flowers grouped in terminal clusters.
The flower buds initially have a pale hue gradually turn green then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest.
Cloves are harvested at 1.5–2.0 cm long and consist of a long calyx that terminates in four spreading sepals and four unopened petals that form a small central ball.
Cloves are used in the cuisine of Asian, African and the Middle East, lending flavour to meats, curries and marinades as well as complement to fruit. Such as apples, pears or rhubarb.
In Chinese medicine cloves or "ding xiang" are considered acrid, warm and aromatic entering the kidney, spleen and stomach meridians, and are notable in their ability to warm the middle, direct stomach.
Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine and western herbalism and dentistry where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies.
Cloves are used as a carminative to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach and to improve peristalsis. Cloves are also said to be a natural anthelmintic.
Cloves are prized as spices because of their warm, sweet and aromatic taste. Cloves grown on the evergreen clove tree and they are picked unopened, while the flower buds are still pinkish. When the clove buds dry, they turn brown in color.
This spice is native to Indonesia, but it is now used in all cuisines of the world. They are very fragrant and aromatic.
Clove are used as incense for production of perfumes and as an ant repeller too.
Dr Baldev Gulati one of the founders of BMV was deputed in Pemba Clove Distillery (Tanzania) by UN for developing clove oil.
The odour of Clove Bud Absolute by BMV has a deep warm spicy floral odour and is a good low cost substitute for Carnation Absolute.
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