Handy for a toothache and a must-have in mulled wine! Cloves are the dried, unopened flower buds of a tropical tree with an earthy, spicy and slightly sweet aroma and flavour. Cloves are shaped like a nail with four unopened petals encasing a round ball, the pointy end being particularly useful when adding to a Christmas ham, as they can be spiked into the exterior making stunning patterns while imparting their warming flavour and aroma. This dark brown spice can be used whole or ground, but is best added sparingly so as not to overwhelm other flavours.
HOW TO USE
Cloves pair well with most meat dishes, are an indispensable ingredient in apple pie, and can be used to flavour soups and stocks by adding a clove studded onion while cooking.