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Spice with an intense taste, clove brings a warm atmosphere and harmonizes the aroma of your recipe. It can be found in several traditional French family recipes such as the chicken in the pot, the blanquette of veal..

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Stews, poultry, vegetable broths, marinades, red meats, game, stews

Kitchen association : Stews, poultry, vegetable broths, marinades, red meats, game, stews


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What is clove?

Clove is the fruit of the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum), a tree of the Myrtaceae family. This spice comes from the Moluccas, an Indonesian archipelago. The clove tree is distinguished by its evergreen foliage with oval leaves and its height between which can go up to 20 meters for the highest specimens.

The flowers of the clove tree are composed of 4 pink and white petals and red sepals. The clove is a spice with an intense taste that is used sparingly.

The harvest of the clove

The clove is in fact the flower bud that is harvested by hand before hatching and put to dry. By dehydrating, it takes its dark brown color.

Cloves are harvested in the following tropical countries:

  • Zanzibar
  • Madagascar
  • Indonesia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Malaysia

David's Choice Vanilla : I chose to introduce you to the clove from Indonesia for its intense taste and because this country is the first producer. The clove is a must in the rustic kitchen. It enhances the great classics such as pot au feu, blanquette de veau or mulled wine.

The origins of cloves

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

The clove has been used in many civilizations. If the first accounts that speak of it go back to around 200 BC, the discovery of its presence in Syria in - 1 700 BC could be proof that the trade of this spice is much older.

The use of cloves differed from country to country:

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

During the colonization of the Moluccas archipelago, the Portuguese seized the monopoly on the harvest by burning all the clove trees that were not on the island of Ternate. They were replaced by the Dutch, who also decided to take the benefits of clove production.

The clove in Europe

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

It is important to know that in the Middle Ages, the clove was a valued spice, mainly reserved for the elite.

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

The clove nowadays

Spice appreciated in cooking, the clove also enters the composition of Indonesian cigarettes: Kreteks. Today, the annual harvest of cloves amounts to 140 000 tons. Indonesia is the main producer, taking nearly 70% of the harvest. Madagascar is the second largest producer with over 15% of the market share.

Did you know? 95% ofthe world's clove production is used to make cigarettes in Indonesia.

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


How to use cloves in cooking?

Clove is appealing because its taste is as strong as that of whole cloves. It allows to dose more precisely the seasoning. It is particularly appreciated in pastry making where it is perfectly integrated into flours and other appliances.

Our recipe ideas with cloves

Would you like to discover the flavors of our clove? Here is a 3-course menu with original and tasty recipes.

The starter: Scallops snacked with cloves

Here is a light and iodized starter that goes perfectly with the powerful aromas of cloves. Snack your scallops over high heat. Make a vegetable stock with onions and leeks. In a soup plate, pour a ladle of broth. Arrange your scallops. Add salt and pepper and one or two cloves. Slice a spring onion and garnish your plate. Serve warm with a dry white wine.

The dish: The traditional chicken pot

A unique dish that brings people together and in which the clove subtly develops its aromas. Cut the chicken into pieces. Place it in a casserole dish surrounded by the following chopped vegetables: onions, leeks, celery. Add a bouquet garni. Cover with water, add a clove and a little nutmeg. Let 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 serve with a good red wine and steamed potatoes.

Dessert: Candied Fruit Cake

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

How to store your cloves?

To store your cloves, we advise you to use an airtight container, preferably a jar. Like many spices, cloves keep their taste qualities longer if stored away from light and in a dry place.

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Murielle D. published the 05/08/2023 following an order made on 18/07/2023


Tres parfumé et conditionnement hermetique. Dommage qu il soit en rupture de stock

Souad B. published the 03/07/2023 following an order made on 06/06/2023


Sent la grade girofle,l'emballage est impeccable.

Annie H. published the 09/06/2023 following an order made on 13/05/2023


Très satisfait

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Je dois encore tester le poivre.

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Clous de très grande qualité avec un parfum très fort .

Cedric L. published the 17/02/2023 following an order made on 03/02/2023


Une superbe frangrance

Christian G. published the 17/02/2023 following an order made on 02/02/2023


bien conforme à mes attentes

Jeremie M. published the 17/02/2023 following an order made on 28/01/2023


Très bien, conforme à mes attentes, je recommande !

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