A Versatile Spice
This savory spice can be used whole or ground to add flavor to any recipe. It may be used whole or ground in recipes, smoothies, lattes, or tea. A favorite for the winter holidays, cloves add warm, spicy-sweet flavor to mulled cider or red wine, eggnog and poached fruit. Before glazing cooked ham, cut a diamond pattern onto the surface and stud each part with a whole clove. It is used in medicine as a carminative, aromatic, and stimulant. It is utilized as a flavoring ingredient in the cigarette industry. Clove oil is used in fragrances, dentistry, and microscopy as a clarifying agent.