Clove, one of the oldest spices in history and popular among many Asian dishes, is an iconic spice used in a variety of regional cuisine. Made from the dried flower buds of an evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum), clove has a warm and pungent flavor that makes it great for use as a food flavoring agent. It can even be dated back thousands of centuries to the Han Dynasty in China, where any approaching the Emperor used cloves to freshen up their breath!
Origin: India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil
Flavor Profile: Pungent, bitter, sweet
Used in: sauces, rice dishes, baking
Health Benefits: Clove is also known to be good for toothaches and sore throats, making it effective in healing oral wounds and infections. It can also be used as an antiseptic to treat minor cuts and scrapes.