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Cloves (syzygium aromaticum)


Clove is largely used as dried whole buds. Ground clove is used for curry mixtures and clove oil is used for flavouring foods and in pharmaceutical perfumery industry. Clove oil either can be colourless or yellow. If exposed to sunlight it may turn into dark colour.


Cloves are used either whole or ground to provide flavour for both sweet and savoury foods in pickling and the production of sauces and ketchups. In medicine it is valued as a carminative, aromatic and stimulant. Clove oil is used in perfumes, in dentistry and a clearing agent in microscopy. Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine.