Cloves (malay = Bungah Chengkeh)
Description of Cloves
Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum.
The spice is used either whole, in the form of the little buds, or in a ground powder.
Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.
Cloves are harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The clove tree is an evergreen that grows to a height ranging from 8–12 m, having large leaves and sanguine flowers in numerous groups of terminal clusters.
The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually become green, after which they develop into a bright red, when they are ready for collecting.
Cloves are harvested when 1.5–2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx, terminating in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals which form a small ball in the center.
Picture of a clove plant :-
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