Common Names: Mother cloves, Clovetree
Cloves are the flower buds of the evergreen clove tree, Syzygium aromaticum. The flower buds are crimson when they are ready to harvest, and turn the recognizable brown after they have been dried. They are commonly used in spice blends. They are a key ingredient in pumpkin pie spice and are used in many different countries, including Asian, African, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisines! You may also recognize cloves from orange pomanders, where oranges are studded with dried cloves and cured dry, creating an aromatic decorative piece, usually around the holidays! And the inspiration for one of our favorite tea blends: Royal Pomander Rooibos!