The clove is the aromatic dried flower-bud of the tropical Myrtle tree. (Myrtacées family). Originating in the Isles of Bat Jan, a micro archipel in the center of the Moluques, (Indonesia) this spice has travelled far. Now you can find it in numerous countries. (Amboine ... Madagascar ).
Cloves have a warm, sweet spicy flavour. They are used in the pharmaceutical industry for their disinfecting, healing and anaesthetic powers. Oil of cloves evokes the dentists chair for many of us ... It is also used by the perfumeries. You can create your own delightful home fragrance by covering a fresh orange with cloves pressed into the peel. This is called a "pomme d'ambre" in French from which we derived the name "pomander".