Whole Cloves

Whole Cloves
Whole Cloves
100488 003
Net Weight:
1 oz
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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 and Tanzania.


History and Cultivation

Native to the tiny volcanic islands of Moluccas (now part of Indonesia) today the major exporters are Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pemba and Tanzania. Cloves are the unopened buds of the clove tree and right before these buds blossom they turn a brilliant pink. This is the ideal time to harvest them as they are at their peak aroma and flavor. Each clove tree yields about a 7 pound harvest. Clove buds show in small clusters several times a year, from November to January and July to September. During the drying process they turn from a pink/ reddish color to a dark brown.


How They're Used

Cloves are quite popular in North Africa cuisine where they are used in spice blends to flavor rice or meat dishes. Throughout Asia they are popular in curries. Whole cloves also have a strong reputation for use in pickling and mulling. Cloves are a key ingredient in Chinese Five Spice, Garam Masala, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Quatre Epices. In Mexican cuisine, cloves are frequently paired with cinnamon (in Mexico this would be canela of ceylon cinnamon) and cumin.


How to Use

In this country whole cloves are most commonly used to stud ham or pork roast while ground cloves are most often found in cakes, custards, pies and liqueurs. While we often think of them partnered most frequently with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in sweet dishes they are also gaining quite a reputation with discerning home chefs in savory dishes when combined with sage and pepper. They're also a wonderful secret ingredient when using a clove or two in slow cooked beef stock, sauces and stews.

Cloves go well with apples, beets, carrots, chocolate, ham, onions, oranges, pork, squash and sweet potatoes.

Cloves works well in combination with allspice, bay, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, fennel, ginger, mace and nutmeg.


Flavor Profile

The flavor of cloves is bitter, hot, rich and a little sultry with hints of fruitiness while the aroma is strong with undertones of camphor and pepper.


Helpful Hints

Cloves are one of the more pungent spices and their intensity can even be enough to "burn" your taste buds unless blended with other spices. Even when used with other spices cloves should be used sparingly as they will easily overpower any dish.

If you are looking for a clove powder to whole clove substitute use 1 whole clove to 1/4 tsp of clove powder.

We also carry a top quality Ground Clove.

One of our favorite recipes using cloves is the Masala Chai beverage.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
12 total ratings.

JUANITA H. (Verified buyer) 01/25/2022

Ryan V. (Verified buyer) 11/29/2021
Excellent quality Great product and fast shipping. Very pleased.

Beverley H. (Verified buyer) 12/23/2020
All added to the hibiscus All added to the hibiscus and made a delicious drink.

Dennis M. (Verified buyer) 11/04/2019
Whole Clove Many of the Indian and Thai recipes I try call for whole cloves as part of the ingredients. The whole clove, along with corriander, cinnamon, and seasoning impart a stronger flavor to the curries I am making. In this case Spinces, Inc. has a great selection of spices, including the whole cloves.

Shane R. (Verified buyer) 06/02/2019
Had great flavor Had great flavor

khin j. (Verified buyer) 12/10/2018
Wonderful service and excellent products Wonderful and efficient sales support staff ..I put in a work address for shipping and when I realized I call to spicesinc and they make sure the package deliver to the correct address even though it was already leave the warehouse . And the products arrive on time and I absolutely love it ..I bought whole clove and Cayenne powder ... recommend this company to anyone .

Rita-Eileen G. (Verified buyer) 11/04/2018
Cloves are for more than just cooking ... aromatherapy! Packaged perfectly - and aroma is delicious. So worth it.

Gail (Verified buyer) 01/02/2018
Whole Cloves No broken pieces and always fresh and flavorful.

Donna (Verified buyer) 06/01/2017
Whole Cloves They want to know where I am getting my spices....Thanks for great products and quick service!

Deb (Verified buyer) 02/13/2015
Whole Cloves I used them to make Masala Chai and they were perfect.
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