Looking to add some intensity to your cooking? Whole cloves are a powerful spice to keep in your spice rack. Harvested from the dried flower bud of the clove tree, each little clove imparts a warm and woody fragrance, perfect for deepening the flavour of many different recipes. The complex flavour profile of cloves include peppery notes, which add gentle heat to both sweet and savoury dishes. Clove recipes often pack a punch, so less of this spice is more – grind whole cloves using a pestle and mortar for an aromatic spice mix that livens up meat or vegetables. Alternatively, add whole cloves to soups, sauces and curries so that the flavour slowly infuses the dish – just remember to take them out when serving, as they can taste bitter when eaten whole!
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You can also use this to stud into Christmas ham and to decorate festive pomander balls.
Store in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.