Super Cloves


My hubby brought home these cloves the other day that are HUGE! Cloves are a popular spice here in KSA, and my husband likes to carry some in his pocket and pop one into his mouth to suck on – makes his breath wonderful. From end to end, this monstrous clove is one inch long and the head is the size of a green pea. The smaller one is normal size. The word “clove” actually comes from the Latin word for nail, which is “clavus.” They are grown in tropical areas, and on the tree, cloves are pink unopened flower buds that when picked and dried, turn hard and brown and have an aromatic pungent smell that adds wonderful flavor to many dishes. They are often ground up for use in cooking. Cloves also have medicinal value for such ailments as indigestion, athlete’s foot, gout and relieving toothaches.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Super Cloves

  1. Pathfinder says:

    If you have a toothache, a clove will take care of it, chew one and located at the infected tooth.

  2. Dina says:

    Clavus! Cool. It does look like the old nails.
    Thanks for all this info.

  3. Chiara says:

    Impressive clove! Thanks for the information about it. I never thought of the latin derivation although “clous de girofle” in French is more clear about the “nail” part. Having such spices easily available in Saudi must be a cooking plus!

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