Cloves, How To Put Them In Food And Use Them In The Home
The Familiar Scent
Aah, I can almost smell it now, the sweet and pungent aroma of a ham roasting in the oven, studded with cloves......
After the meal, the combination of cloves and cinnamon in an apple pie is a delightful taste.
For those of you, watching your calories, perhaps a drink of hot tea with a drop of honey and a dash of ground cloves?
What Are Cloves?
Cloves are the aromatic dried budding flowers of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. ( think Myrtle) They are native to Indonesia, shipped and used worldwide as a spice.
The clove tree is an evergreen featuring large square leaves. Its flowers grow in clusters, and the unopened petals form a small ball in the center
Cloves are used in stick or spike form, ground or as an oil.
Cloves And Our Health
Cloves have been used in alleviating toothaches,and other mouth and throat inflammation. It is natural breath sweetener, often an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Other uses for cloves include diarrhea, many liver, stomach and bowel ailments, and as a stimulant for the nerves. It is the antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties which make them widely accepted to those seeking home remedies.
Cloves have played a part in the treatment of acne, skin ulcers and styes of the eye. Who wouldn't want an effective and economical relief for a painful, itching stye?
There is some evidence suggesting that cloves may also be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels and reducing some forms of heart disease.
Some insects are repelled by the scent of cloves. It is known that they drive away mosquitoes, and moths. It is a contender for a natural insecticide.
Some Ideas For Using Cloves In The Kitchen
Beyond apple pie, there are several ways to cook with cloves.
Embed cloves into an onion or large piece of meat when roasting.
Add to cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage dishes and this will aid digestion and hopefully relieve gassy issues.
Use cloves to making mincemeat pie or puddings.
Add gound cloves to your applesauce.
Add to stewed or roasted fruits such as apples or peaches.
Add a dash of ground cloves to vegetables, especially when roasting them.
Flavour soups with whole cloves.
Flavour boiled or fried rice with several cloves.
Use in make sweet breads or muffins.
Add to curries and other spicy foods.
Add to rice pudding and other milk-based sweet dishes.
A Final Thought
Years ago, one of by brothers came home on a military leave. He brought along a friend to meet the family and explore part of the U.S.
My brother and his friend took time to come and visit me. I am sorry that I can not recall his name, but he was from India. He asked permission to smoke in my house and I granted it. Soon the room was bathed in a sweet aroma, and I asked him, what exactly was he smoking.
His cigarettes contained cloves! They had a much nicer scent than our tobacco.
I am not recommending that you take up smoking, that memory came to mind while writing this hub and the chance presented itself, to share it with you.
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What Others Had To Say........
FloBe 6 weeks ago
I love the smell of cloves. I make a spiced hot apple/orange drink at Christmas that has cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in it and it smells so good. I once made a stuffed turkey with orange, cloves and garlic and it was delicious!