Originating in Indonesia, cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. Their name comes from the Latin word clavus, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail.
Carnation, dried clove spice.
For several centuries BC, cloves, known as the Spice Queen, was used by the Greeks and Romans for its medicinal virtues. It served as currency in China and the East during major trade with the West.
The culture of Clove has developed in different countries of the world such as Tanzania, Comoros, Brazil or Madagascar, while Indonesia remains the largest producer with about 80% of the market share. But Indonesia is also the world’s largest consumer, using almost all their production in the tobacco industry (kretek, clove flavored cigarettes).