Cloves

Cloves have a warm, sweet and aromatic taste that evokes the sultry tropical climates where they are grown.  Cloves are the dried unopened whole flower buds of EUGENIA CARYUPHLLUS, belonging to the Myrtle family. Cloves are used in meats, salad dressings, and desserts. Cloves are also the key flavor contributor to ketchup and Worcestershire sauce seasoning blends.

Grown in Sri Lanka mainly as a smallholder crop under mixed garden conditions, cloves are cultivated in an area of around 5,000 acres. The main season for cloves is from December to February.  

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Did you Know?

The name for cloves is derived from the Latin word 'clavus' for nails, a result of its resemblance to nails

 

How it Grows

Cloves thrive in a variety of soils, and grows well in humid tropical climates at lower elevations.

 

Flavour

Warm and sweet yet bitter flavor has resulted in the use of this spice in wide range of dishes ranging from  well known savory items such as Ketchup to desserts.

Health Benefits

Considered to be one of the richest sources of antioxidants; cloves are also well known for their antiseptic qualities and is a commonly found ingredient in many toothpastes and mouthwashes