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Clove and Happiness

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By: Jason Jakubiak
Clove and Happiness

Crisp air, trees exploding with color, orchards and pumpkin patches. No matter what time of year, nothing instantly transports you to fall like cloves. While its pungent aroma and sharply sweet flavor is found in many exciting dishes from pumpkin pie to mole sauce, the story of this mysterious spice is just as exciting… as spice stories go.

Cloves are originally native to all the Maluku Islands—the famed Spice Islands— and in the 1600s, the Dutch burned out all the crops on every island but one and created a monopoly. Dutch control of the clove trade was so fierce that anyone transporting unauthorized clove was sentenced to death. Today, the only penalty for using our cloves is a great-tasting meal.

Spice Islands® cloves are carefully sourced from India, Pakistan and Madagascar. They're from the unopened flower buds of a small evergreen tree and come in two forms: whole and ground. Use whole cloves for things like mulled wine, pickling or to stud a ham. Our ground clove puts a special zing into holiday and Mexican dishes. 

Our artisans carefully select and then pack our cloves in tight-sealing glass bottles. This ensures that there are no broken pieces and its bold flavor is protected until you unleash it on your cuisine. Even more proof how we work harder to make sure that your meals taste better. 

Our artisans carefully select and then pack our cloves in tight-sealing glass bottles. This ensures that there are no broken pieces and its bold flavor is protected…

The legendary flavor of our cloves can be explored in a number of dishes found in our recipe section. Click the links below for some delicious ideas.

RELATED RECIPES:

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Citrus Glazed Ham

Mulled Cranberry Spiced Wine

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

 

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