The brown, hard dried flower buds of an aromatic Southeast Asian evergreen. They are useful in both whole and ground forms. Ground, they are used in cakes and soups. Whole, they add great flavor to mulled wines and ciders. Cloves also have natural preservative qualities.
a powerful spice. Should be used sparingly. Used with cinnamon in rice and chutney.
ham, corned beef, baked beans, bean or onion soup, squash