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Our Highland Cloves are some of the plumpest and most gorgeous cloves we've ever seen that come from a family-owned farm in Matale, Sri Lanka. They have a sweet, tingling flavor that is perfect in a vast array of recipes and can even convert those who aren't fond of this potent spice.
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Matale, Sri Lanka
While some say that cloves were introduced into Sri Lanka by European colonists in the 1500s, the oldest cloves in existence were reportedly discovered at an ancient port on the island dating back to 200 B.C. Our farmer’s clove grove was planted by his grandfather in the Sri Lankan central highlands city of Matale in the early 1970s. As a third-generation farmer, he harvests these sturdy evergreen trees, naturally fertilized by pollen from the surrounding tropical forest, when the clove buds are on the precipice of blooming, signaling optimum flavor and aroma. The harvest—inspected by hand to remove any buds that have sprouted—is then dried in the tropical sun to achieve its woodsy texture and aroma.
Tips for Success
- You can use this spice whole to infuse into a dish but not advised to eat whole like other whole spice seeds.
- The flavor compounds in cloves dissolve into oil and not water.
- Use this spice early in the dish to mellow out some of the bitter flavors. Cloves are often used with other warm spices to bring out the sweetness.
What are cloves best used for?
“Ground or whole cloves flavor meat, sauces, and rice dishes. Cloves are often used along with cinnamon and nutmeg in sweet dishes, especially “pumpkin pie” flavored items for the autumn and winter holidays, and in drinks such as mulled wine, cider, or chai.” – https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-are-cloves
How to cook with whole cloves?
It is best to grind cloves to a find powder to mix with other spices to make a blend or your can stud whole cloves in different foods like a ham to infuse. You can also keep cloves whole to infuse in braises, sauces and rice dishes and either strain or eat around them.
What are cloves?
Cloves are aromatic flower buds native to Indonesia that are dried and used in various recipes and medicinal uses around the world.
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