CLOVES


The cloves come from a tree called Clove, family Myrtaceae, native from Indonesia. The tree has a conical shape. On an average height of 10 to 12 meters, it can reach up to 20 meters high. Its persistent leaves are oval and leathery.

Flowers to 4 white rose petals are characterized by persistent red sepals. Before flowering, the buds are called "cloves". At this time they are harvested before letting them dry in the sun until they are dark brown.

Today, 95% of world production of cloves is used for the manufacture of kretek, Indonesian cigarettes.

But the cloves are also used extensively as a spice in cooking, especially in North Africa in the Middle East and some Asian countries.

It is also used in dentistry because the cloves have antiseptic and anesthetic properties recognized for a very long time.
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