Spicy Clove

January 24, 2015 ,

This aromatic flower bud of the clove tree has been used in cooking for thousands of years (cloves are stuck into onions in all court bouillons!).

The tree, which is native to Indonesia, can reach up to 20 metres in height. The buds are picked before they bloom and are dried in the sun until they turn darkish brown.

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Valued for its pungent, spicy flavour, clove was once also used to preserve meats and cold cuts. Even today, it’s used widely for its pharmaceutical properties, because it contains a very powerful chemical called eugenol. Grandma’s old trick of slipping a clove into the gap near a painful tooth might help to relieve pain, but it won’t get you out of paying an urgent visit to the dentist.

Try some of our recipes that feature spicy clove:

Veal Shank in Muscat Wine

Veal Shank in Muscat Wine - clove

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Deer Stew in Red Wine

Deer Stew in Red Wine clove

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Spiced Pumpkin Soup - clove

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Grilled Chicken in Coconut Milk with Spices

Grilled Chicken in Coconut Milk with Spices - clove

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Indian-Style Split Pea Soup

Indian-Style Split Pea Soup  - clove

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Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on January, 24, 2015

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Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

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