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Clove powder - Indonesia

An old spice with an intense taste, cloves can also be used as a powder for a controlled seasoning. It is found in several traditional French family recipes such as chicken in a pot, veal blanquette..

Food pairing: stews, poultry, vegetable broths, marinades

Packaging : 40g resealable bag - aroma preservation.

Origin - Plantations: Indonesia

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  • What is clove?

    The clove is the fruit of the clove (Syzygium aromaticum), a tree of the Myrtaceae family. This spice comes from the Moluccas, an Indonesian archipelago. Clove trees are distinguished by their evergreen leaves with oval leaves and their height can reach up to 20 metres for the tallest specimens.

    The clove flowers are composed of 4 pink and white petals and red sepals. Used whole or in powder form, cloves are a spice with an intense taste that is used sparingly.

    Clove harvesting

    The clove is actually the flower bud that is hand-picked before hatching and dried. As it dehydrates, it turns a dark brown colour.

    Cloves are harvested in the following tropical countries:

    • Zanzibar
    • Madagascar
    • Indonesia
    • Sri Lanka
    • Malaysia

    David Vanille's choice: I have chosen to introduce you to Indonesian cloves for their intense taste and because Indonesia is the leading producer. The powdered clove is a must in rustic cuisine. It enhances the great classics such as stewed pot au feu, veal blanquette or mulled wine.

    The origins of cloves

    Originally from the Northern Moluccas, cloves are an ancient spice whose first traces date back to 1700 BC. It was discovered in Syria, and more precisely in Terqa in the heart of archaeological ruins, that it was discovered.

    Cloves have been used in many civilizations. If the first stories about it date back to around 200 BC, the discovery of its presence in Syria in 1700 BC could be proof that the trade in this spice is much older.

    The use of cloves differed from country to country:

    • In China: people chewed it to treat their breath and praised its benefits
    • In Syria: it was used in cooking

    During the colonization of the Moluccan archipelago, the Portuguese seized the monopoly on the harvest by burning all the cloves that were not on the island of Ternate. They were replaced by the Dutch, who also decided to make a profit from the production of cloves.

    Clove in Europe

    It was Pierre Poivre, a French botanist, farmer and colonial administrator who discovered the clove and brought back some plans to the West Indies.

    It should be noted that in the Middle Ages, cloves were a popular spice, mainly reserved for the elite.

    Did you know that? Cloves represent for Christians the symbol of the nails used to crucify Jesus on his cross.

    The clove nowadays

    A spice appreciated in cooking, cloves are also used in Indonesian cigarettes: the Kreteks. Today, the annual clove harvest is 140,000 tonnes. Indonesia is the main producer, accounting for nearly 70% of the harvest. Madagascar is in second place with more than 15% market share.

    Did you know that? Cloves: 95% of the world's production of cloves is used to make cigarettes in Indonesia.

    Other uses of cloves

    Cloves have always been used for their medicinal properties, particularly to relieve toothache. With its antiseptic and anesthetic properties, it has long been a remedy for toothache. It was introduced whole into the damaged tooth or infused.

    It is also very rich in antioxidants.

    Finally, it is also used to relieve urinary tract infections, gastric pain and, planted in a citrus fruit, it becomes an effective insect repellent.

    Did you know that? Like acai, spirulina or turmeric, cloves are a superfood. This means that it has exceptional nutritional value and has beneficial health benefits


    How to use clove powder in the kitchen?

    Clove powder seduces for its taste as powerful as whole clove. It makes it possible to measure the seasoning more precisely. It is particularly appreciated in pastry making where it is perfectly integrated with flours and other appliances.

    Our recipe ideas with clove powder

    Would you like to discover the flavours of our clove powder? Here is a 3-course menu composed of original and tasty recipes

    The starter: Scallops snacked with cloves

    This is a light and iodized starter that goes perfectly with the powerful aromas of cloves. Snack on high heat your scallops. Make a vegetable broth with onions and leeks. In a soup plate, pour a ladle of broth. Arrange your scallops. Season with salt and pepper and add a little clove powder. Slice a new onion and garnish your plate with it. Serve hot with a dry white wine

    The dish: The traditional chicken in the pot

    A unique dish that brings together and in which the clove subtly develops its aromas. Cut the hen into pieces. Place it in a casserole dish surrounded by the following cut vegetables: onions, leeks, celery. Add a bouquet garni. Cover with water, add half a spoonful of clove powder and a little nutmeg. Leave to cook for 2 hours over low heat. Drain the vegetables and continue cooking the chicken. 15 minutes before the end of cooking, add the vegetables and check the seasoning. A tasty winter dish, to be served with a good red wine and steamed potatoes

    Dessert: Candied fruit cake

    Here is a comforting dessert that can be enjoyed with coffee at the end of a meal or as a four-hour meal. We particularly like the combination of candied fruits and cloves. Cut your candied fruit into small pieces: figs, prunes, apricots... Crush dried fruit: almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios... Put everything in a bowl, add flour, 1 half spoon of clove and cinnamon powder powder, 75 cl of liquid honey, 15 cl of rum. Add two beaten eggs. Pour everything into a cake pan and bake for 40 minutes at 170°C. Also excellent as a starter with mountain cheese.

    How to store clove powder?

    To preserve the clove powder, we recommend that you use a sealed container, preferably a jar. Like many spices, cloves retain their taste longer if stored in a dark and dry place.

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