Tuesday, June 10, 2008


The word Clove is derived from the word clou which means nail. It is aromatic flower of the flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. It is used as spice in cuisine all over the world. It originates from India. Clove tree is a evergreen tree whose height ranges from 10-20 m. Apart from being used in cuisine, clove is also used in other industries for its medicinal use and therapeutic value.
Indian Name: Laung, Botanical Name: Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromaticum, Family Name: Myrtaceae, Parts Used: Flower bud, Habitat: Indonesia
Southern Region in India is known to produce large quantities of cloves, most of which is domestically consumed. Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the major cloves producing states. Farmers are using advanced technology for quality and consistent supply.
Cloves are frequently used in dishes to impart its distinctive flavor. Since the aroma is strong hence only little is required to be used. They are generally used to "stud" hams and pork,. They are also frequently used in various North and South Indian dishes.

In number of spice mixtures like ras el hanout, curry powders, mulling spices and pickling spices, cloves are utilized.
According to traditional herbalist cloves are beneficial in the following problems: Treats indigestion Diarrhea Hernia Ringworm Athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Respiratory. Used in anti-gout Relieves toothache. Helpful in insomnia and Curbs the desire for alcohol Other
Some of the other uses of Cloves are:
It is widely used for food flavoring and aroma in a variety of cuisines, used in confectionery and other products .Personal Hygiene products: Widely used in toothpastes, mouthwash and tooth powders. Flavoring Industry Perfumery Cosmetics Toiletries .

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