The benefits of Cloves

                Cloves are a spice that comes from the dried flower buds of the evergreen clove tree, native to Indonesia. They are known for their warm, sweet, aromatic flavour and are often used in sweet and savoury dishes.             


Cloves have been used for centuries for their potential health benefits. They are known for their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may contribute to general health. Some research has suggested that cloves may have beneficial effects on digestive health,  (advice from a health professional is very important and essential).

When it comes to combining cloves with other flavours, it can be a versatile spice that goes well with a wide variety of ingredients. Here are a few examples of combinations of cloves with other flavours:

1.    Cinamon: Cloves and cinnamon are a classic flavor pairing that is often used in sweet baked goods such as apple pie, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread. The warm and spicy notes of the two spices complement each other well.

2.    Ginger: Cloves and ginger are often used together in savory dishes such as curries and stews. The heat of the ginger and the warmth of the cloves create a complex and aromatic flavor profile.

3.    Orange: Adding a bit of orange zest or juice to a dish that contains cloves can help to brighten the flavors and add a fresh citrus note. This combination works well in both sweet and savory dishes.

4.    Nutmeg: Cloves and nutmeg are another classic spice pairing that is often used in sweet dishes such as eggnog, custards, and rice pudding. The warm and earthy flavors of the two spices complement each other well.

5.    In North Africa, they enhance it with a blend of garlic and onion for seasoning chicken."

These are just a few examples of how cloves can be combined with other flavors. Cloves can also be used in a variety of spice blends, such as garam masala(Spice blend from India) and Chinese five-spice powder.

 Please,experiment with different combinations to find what works best for your tastes!