Clove is the flower of the Caryuphyllete tree, which is collected while it is a bud and dried. It looks like a pin and has a dark brown color.
Its aroma is characteristic and its taste, while it starts sweetly, ends in a spicy, peppery burning. It is used in both cooking and confectionery.
In cooking it is used to give aroma and spicy taste, but it must be removed before serving or used in powder form. Suitable for braised meats, stews, red sauces, meat broths, rice and soups.
In confectionery it is suitable for apple pies, jams, pastries, cookies, pies, tarts and syrups.
- It is high in antioxidants, such as eugenol and vitamin C, which can help reduce oxidative stress.
- It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, is widely used in traditional medicine for cases such as bad breath, toothache and migraines, but also modern science as a component of preparations of local anesthesia and antiseptic action in dental procedures.
- It has anti-inflammatory action in diseases of the upper respiratory tract such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma, but also in food poisoning, fungal infections of the feet, skin wounds and skin diseases such as acne.